Lufthansa Technik and Airbus are joining hands to offer customers a reversible Cargo-in-Cabin solution to satisfy urgent demand quickly and easily. Finnair is the first airline to modify an Airbus A330-300 to carry commercial, non-dangerous goods in the main pax deck.
The solution for the Airbus A330 family comprises the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) as well as material kits to modify the passenger aircraft for temporary cargo transport. Cargo capacity is thus increased by up to 15t of additional payload depending on aircraft configuration. The solution is on account of the slow air traffic recovery that has caused continued low belly capacity.
“We join forces with Airbus in times of crisis to deliver the best solution for aircraft operators. We mutually benefit from each other’s expertise in many respects and thus create a blueprint for possible future co-operations,” said Soeren Stark, Chief Operations Officer & Accountable Manager at Lufthansa Technik.
“The cooperation with Lufthansa Technik enables the smooth implementation of this temporary cargo solution,” said Daniel Wenninger, Airbus’ VP Airframe Services. “The A330’s best in class operational economics and versatile cabin makes it the perfect aircraft for cargo missions in the current context.”
Finnair, the launch customer, modified an Airbus A330 at its home base in Helsinki recently; the approval process for the STC is underway.
“With this EASA Approved STC solution we are able to continue our successful cargo operations even during ramp-up,” said Juha Ojala, Vice President of Finnair Technical Operations. “The solution is technically simple and does not require massive investments like traditional cargo conversions.”
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