Readers may remember our recent piece regarding Lufthansa Technik’s conversion of an A380 for cargo use.

At the time Lufthansa Technik declined to divulge the customer’s name.

But Business Traveller can now reveal it is the Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly.

As regular readers will know Hi Fly acquired one of the early A380s which Singapore Airlines (SIA) had retired.

Hi Fly was operating its superjumbo with the original SIA interior complete with the luxury first (suites) and comfortable business class accommodation.

Certainly Hi Fly’s A380 has been busy. In May it operated cargo flights from Europe to China and then to Santo Domingo.

Meanwhile we see Emirates, whose cargo division already operates 11 B777s serving 85 destinations, finally embrace passenger-cargo operation.

Emirates has modified ten of its B777-300ERs which will increase cargo capacity per aircraft by 17 tonnes in addition to the 40 or 50 tonnes carried in the cargo hold.

Swiss, one of first to realise passenger-cargo potential, recently converted another of its B777-300ERs to cargo operation.

This video shows seating are removed and taken away for storage.

Some readers may wonder why Swiss has retained its premium seating on these passenger-cargo aircraft. The premium seating would be used for the relief crew or crews.

Of course it will depend on the final destination but, as with Aer Lingus’ Dublin-Beijing passenger-cargo operations, it means (crew) quarantine on arrival can be avoided.

Finally Kenya Airways has produced a “cargo timetable”, which shows how seriously the Nairobi-based airline takes its passenger-cargo operations now that most regular flights remain grounded.,,,