After all necessary seats were stripped out of the plane, only 42 Economy Class seats and all Business Class seats were left in case there are passengers traveling.
It’s unconfirmed which China Eastern A330-200s have this “Combi” configuration at the moment, but apparently the first one already flew to Prague, Czech Republic to transport medical supplies to the city.
I think combi is a misleading title, they aren’t carrying very dense cargo, it’s mostly masks and other medical supplies. It was already transported in the passenger cabin, tied down to the seats.
This just removes the seats to open up more space.
Individual pallets now can just be secured to the seat tracks and since masks are so light there is no need for a crash wall to protect the flight deck.
I doubt the remaining seats would be sold for revenue, Seats for support staff and a loadmaster seems more likely.
Even if the seats go out with pax, that still wouldn’t make it a combi.
The CRJ550 will have a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 65,000lb (29,500kg) – 10,000lb less than the CRJ700, notes the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), which represents United’s pilots. That MTOW reduction will enable the CRJ550, once certified, to meet the definition of a 50-seat jet under the terms of United’s contract with pilots, ALPA notes.
So not sure if China Eastern has a similar policy…