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With a growing need for spare cargo capacity, new solutions are springing up like mushrooms after the rain. Right after the pandemic began spreading in March, Colibri Aero and J&C Aero put on the market cargo seat bags for Airbus A320 family aircraft passenger cabins.
Now, both companies announced that they are working on development of cargo containers for Airbus and Boeing widebody passenger cabins. According to a statement, this solution will allow “cabin conversion between passenger and cargo operations within just 24 hours”.
The new cargo containers will come in five different sizes for the cabins of the following widebody types: Airbus A330, A340 and Boeing 767, 777.
Each equipped with its own smoke detector, the Cargo Containers are intended for temporal replacement of passenger seats while converting the aircraft’s cabin for transportation of cargo of any type.
“With one container being able to transport up to 850 kg (1870 lb) of commercial cargo, a typical Airbus A330 cabin can be converted in just 24 hours fitting 36 containers. This means that almost 27 tons (58,640 lb) of cargo per single flight can be transported inside the passenger cabin,” comments Laurynas Skukauskas, the Chief Commercial Officer at J&C Aero.
Colibri Aero, an international supplier of aircraft parts and interior solutions, together with J&C Aero, an international aircraft design and production organization, revealed that after Cargo Container is certified under EASA STC requirements, the modification will be upgraded for other aircraft types and size variations.