United Airlines sacrifices cargo capacities due to engine issues

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United Airlines said the temporary removal of two dozen Boeing 777-200 passenger jets as a safety measure following a weekend engine failure might reduce the capacity of business cargo as soon as March.

The decrease in cargo space will briefly impact the roaring growth in cargo sales that United has enjoyed nearly a year after actively moving to cargo-only aircraft flights that were idle due to the extreme travel downturn. The shortage of available flights will hurt shipping company because the cargo supply has been below 20%.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered immediate inspections of Pratt & Whitney 4000-series engine aircraft. With the engine type, there are 128 aircraft worldwide, 69 of which are in current service. The effect on freight operations depends on the amount of time it takes to inspect the engines and decide if further action is required.

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Source: Freightwaves