Turning A330 PAX into "temporary cargo cabins"
Lufthansa Technik and Airbus are teaming up to offer customers a reversible cargo-in-cabin solution to satisfy urgent demand quickly and easily.
The solution for the Airbus A330 family comprises the supplemental type certificate (STC) as well as material kits to modify the passenger aircraft for temporary cargo transport. Cargo capacity is thus increased by up to 15 t of additional payload depending on aircraft configuration.
Finnair is the first airline to modify an A330-300 to carry commercial, non-dangerous goods in the main pax deck. Juha Ojala, VP of Finnair technical operations: "With this EASA approved STC solution we are able to continue our successful cargo operations even during ramp-up. The solution is technically simple and does not require massive investments like traditional cargo conversions." (ah)