Cabin Modification

Cargo-in-Cabin Solutions

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, not only the demand for air transport of supplies is growing, but also that for commercial goods. A lot of aircraft owners and operators are facing a lack of asset utilization due to the decreasing demand for passenger travel. Their assets are aging and thus producing high costs for parking, storage and maintenance. Our Cargo-in-Cabin Solutions are the ideal answer of easily modifying your passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft and vice versa with regard to the current situation.

Cabin Visualization on the A330-300
Copyright: Airbus

Temporary Cargo Cabin

Lufthansa Technik and Airbus jointly developed the Temporary Cargo Cabin solution, certified via EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to give operators the ability to remove passenger seats and install standard PKC pallets on seat tracks using special attachments designed by Lufthansa Technik. Most common aircraft types can quickly be converted into auxiliary freighters. The complete technical documentation for modification can easily be adapted to your aircraft. The embodiment itself will be completed in approximately 2-4 days, depending on the MRO capacity.

This fully reversible variant can be used as an initial step towards further cargo conversions.

Sample figures

  • A330 and other aircraft on request
  • 56,5t net payload (14,4t in main deck)
  • 221,7m3 max. (est.volume)
  • short lead time

“The airlines can thus react quickly to changing needs.”

Henning Jochmann, Senior Director Aircraft Modification Base Maintenance

Finnair is the first airline to modify an Airbus A330 for transitional cargo use / Copyright: Finnair
Copyright: Finnair
Customer Story

Transport of essential goods

Finnair's decision to invest in the A330 temporary freighter STC

Our customer Finnair decided to use our solution for transport of essential goods in order to operate its aircraft further during the current situation:

"When COVID-19 hit in 2020, almost all wide-body passenger flights were cancelled. The continued high cargo demand opened a new business opportunity for cargo-only operations to Finnair. However, passenger aircraft in its original configuration have limited capacity on belly compartments, which initiated the idea about flying additional cargo in the cabin.

Lufthansa Technik provided us with a solution to improve our cargo capacity, always keeping us in the position to return the aircraft cabin back to normal passenger operations, as soon as passenger travel will ramp up again. With the EASA approved STC solution, we can continue our successful cargo operations. The solution is technically simple and does not require massive investments, which traditional cargo conversions do.

The modification does not require an extensive heavy maintenance visit. Lufthansa Technik or an operator's own MRO facility can perform the necessary modification and maintenance actions in a short downtime."

Insights from Mr Juha Ojala, Vice President of Finnair Technical Operations.

Flexible Freighter Compartment

Flexible Freighter Compartment
 
Flexible Freighter Compartment

In addition to the Temporary Cargo Cabin, we developed a container-based variant to increase the efficiency of cargo operations in passenger compartments. The concept encompasses a fully reversible Class F Cargo Compartment and a specially developed Unit Load Device (ULD).

The ULD can be used by seamlessly fitting into existing cargo infrastructures. With this solution, you do not need to adapt ground-handling processes or to invest in new ground handling equipment. It enables you to load weight and volume freight almost like a full cargo aircraft. ULDs are fire resistant and can accommodate two euro-pallets to be loaded through standard aircraft passenger doors. With this solution, you get ready to the expected increasing demand of air cargo with short turnaround times and low modification costs in comparison to a full P2F cargo conversion. The embodiment itself can be completed in approximately 10-15 days or less during a scheduled maintenance event.

Sample figures

  • A330 and other aircraft on request
  • 60,3t gross payload
  • 54,2t net payload
  • 297,3m3 max. containerized volume
  • 10-12 months lead time
  • unlimited EASA STC
Niels Dose

Niels Dose

Product Sales Manager Cabin Modification

Lufthansa Technik AG

Hamburg, Germany

Robert Wanek

Robert Wanek

Product Sales Manager Container Solution

Lufthansa Technik AG

Hamburg, Germany