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Parts supplier Colibri Aero and design firm J&C Aero have developed a new way to transport cargo on narrowbody passenger planes. The cargo seat bag is designed to maximize available cargo space on passenger configured A320 family aircraft, while also keeping the goods safe and secure.
The coronavirus has accelerated the development of various advancements to help aviation better cope with the crisis and maintain vitally important supply lines worldwide. Thanks to rapid certification by EASA, airlines will start making use of the kit immediately.
Both companies, headquartered in Lithuania, began their work on this cabin modification last year. However, after the first signs of the emerging health crisis, already in January 2020, developers’ team increased their resources to come up with the solution sooner.
The outbreak of coronavirus worldwide has led to airlines slashing flight schedules and grounding thousands of aircraft, as travel demand bottoms out and nations close borders in an attempt to control the pandemic. With no other way to earn revenue, airlines are increasingly turning to operate cargo-only flights as a means to generate a little income. While passenger planes often carry a portion of cargo in the belly, merely filling the hold with load would not be enough to make these flights possible. As such, we’ve seen many airlines utilising the passenger cabin to maximise cargo capacity.
Considering the current situation, this modification for the Airbus A320 family planes has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). According to a statement, the cargo seat bag is a spacious 76x76x147 cm kit for a triple seat, with up to 75 kg of cargo stored on the seat and additional 9 kg – under the seat, totalling 252 kg per a triple seat block.
The companies also reveal that this modification could be promptly applied to passenger cabins, while the kit’s installation could be done in several minutes. In terms of cargo types, these bags allow effectively load passenger cabins with postal correspondence, household goods, electronics and other commercial cargo to medical equipment and different kinds of humanitarian supplies. The modification option came in the very right time. Now, a lot of passenger aircraft are recruited for cargo operations.
CARGO SEAT BAG TEHER ÜLÉSZSÁK
COPE WITH MEGBIRKÓZIK VELE
FLIGHT SCHEDULE MENETREND
GROUND FÖLDRE KÉNYSZERÍT
TRIPLE SEAT BLOCK HÁRMAS ÜLÉSSOR