Lufthansa Technik’s new technical and engineering services for temporary operational changes from passenger to cargo aircraft have generated plenty of interest in the aviation market.
The cabin modification experts of the company have so far been contacted by more than 40 airlines. More than 15 projects for different aircraft types are already in the implementation phase. The company has been awarded a contract to make operational changes to an Airbus A380 of an undisclosed customer.
Lufthansa Technik is currently working to obtain STCs for all common aircraft types so that airlines all over the world can quickly convert their passenger aircraft into auxiliary freighters.
“Over the past days, we have received strong interest from different airlines regarding our passenger to freighter service capabilities,” said Henning Jochmann, Senior Director Aircraft Modification Base Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. “As the workscope comprises much more than just taking out seats, you need engineering experts who know exactly what the challenges are and how to document the technical solutions so correctly that the aviation authorities agree. The current exemption and our solution for it can be transferred to our Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) at a later point of time without major adjustments. This means that anyone who opts for Lufthansa Technik’s exceptional solution now can easily switch to the permanent STC solution later.”
Normally, an aircraft that has been granted an approval for passenger transport cannot simply be loaded with cargo in the cabin, as the approval criteria for passenger cabins and cargo compartments are different.
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