The air transport industry is no longer the same, even when the airport crisis culminates, we will see some changes. And this situation has led airlines and airports to take measures that allow them to continue their operations.
In this sense, Airbus is developing modifications for the A330 and A350 families aircraft that will allow airlines to install cargo pallets directly on the rails of economy class seats on the floor of the cabin once they are removed, thus being able to adapt the plane to the cargo transport operations that are being carried out during the pandemic.
This solution will help airlines continue their operations and will also ease the global shortage of cargo capacity in the aircraft hold. It will also help the industry cope with the outrageous demand for humanitarian flights for the immediate transport of enormous quantities of medical equipment and other necessary supplies to the communities most affected by Covid-19, no matter how far they are.
This proposal would facilitate airlines’ loading and unloading operations, being faster and easier. Airbus also reports that it is safer to place the packages on the loading pallets, avoiding unwanted movements and wear on the seats.
Modification offered to operators as an Airbus Service Bulletin (SB) package. In this way, Airbus defines engineering work and also deals with the process to get the specific certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
This package offered by Airbus to airlines covers the removal of seats and the IFE system, the installation of cargo pallets and associated safety equipment, and the reinstallation of the original cabin elements to return to operations. with passengers when necessary. The SB package can be applied even after the Covid-19 pandemic.