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British Airways finds new way to increase cargo capacity.

London--Having disposed of its all-cargo fleet of three Boeing 707Fs and a 747F as part of the program which returned the airline to profitability, British Airways has embarked on a number of innovative schemes to stretch the space in the underfloor holds of its 747 and Lockheed L-1011 long-haul passenger aircraft to cope with the upsurge in freight which has hit it, along with most of the rest of the industry. BA cargo manager Geoff Bridges claims that through these various methods of "squeezing a quart of cargo into a pint pot of space," the airline has so far clawed back capacity equal to that which one 747F can produce. Even so, at this writing, BA was talking seriously about leasing 747 combi capacity.

In charge of the search for more room is BA's Manager Capacity Optimization, Bernie Knill, who pointed out that in fiscal 1980-81, BA had total long-haul fleet cargo capacity of 220,000 tonnes a year, just under a quarter of which was provided by the 707Fs and the 747F--which left the fleet half way through that year. …

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