(29 Apr 2021)
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has signed a
cooperation agreement with Airbus to co-develop temporary “Cargo in the Cabin”
solutions for A330 aircraft.
This new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
solution will enable operators to load cargo into the cabins of
their A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.
Under the agreement, LHT owns the STC and will
provide the modification kits for customers, while Airbus’ role as
the OEM includes providing technical data, engineering validations
and operational calculations.
The procedure consists of first removing the seats
and then installing industry standard “PKC” pallets and nets on
the main deck.
“This new solution combines Airbus’ experience as
an aircraft OEM with Lufthansa Technik’s expertise in managing
STCs and aircraft upgrades,” said Daniel Wenninger, Head of
Airframe Services at Airbus. “In these times of reduced passenger
traffic, our customers are looking for quick solutions to
temporarily increase cargo transportation capacity in the cabin.”
This new solution offers a volumetric cargo
capacity of around 78m3 on the main deck of an A330-200 with 12
PKC pallet positions and 18 nets. Meanwhile, the A330-300’s main
deck cargo capacity will be around 86m3 with 15 PKC pallet
positions and 19 nets.
“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
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