Lufthansa Technik has reported that it is
currently working on 15 projects to temporarily change passenger
aircraft into cargo planes.
The cabin modification experts say they have
also received enquiries from more than 40 airlines, and are even
working on the operational change of an Airbus A380 for an
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 completely different.
For example, cargo has a different floor load,
i.e. the structural load capacity of a passenger aircraft is lower
than that of a cargo aircraft.
For passenger transport
rescue routes must be kept clear and the oxygen supply must be
ensured for each individual, while special fire protection measures must
be taken on board a freighter.
All these criteria, and some more,
must be taken into account and incorporated into the technical
documentation by suitably qualified engineers and approved.
"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."
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