Lufthansa Technik's new technical and engineering services for a temporary change in the use of passenger aircraft as cargo aircraft have met with great interest in the aviation market.

To date, the company's cabin modification experts have received requests from more than 40 airlines. More than 15 projects for various aircraft types are already in the implementation phase. A special highlight is the support in the corresponding modification of an Airbus A380 of an unnamed customer, with which Lufthansa Technik has now been commissioned.

"In the past few days we have experienced a great deal of interest from various airlines in our passenger-to-freighter services," explained Henning Jochmann, Senior Director Aircraft Modification Base Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. "Since the work involves not only the removal of seats, but requires a considerable amount of engineering knowledge, we need experts who know exactly where the challenges lie and how to document the technical solutions so correctly that the aviation authorities agree. The current exemption regulation and our solution for it can be converted into a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) at a later date without major adjustments. So anyone who decides on Lufthansa Technik's exceptional solution now can easily switch to the permanent STC solution later".

Normally, an aircraft that has been granted a certification for passenger transport cannot simply be loaded with cargo in the cabin, since the approval criteria for passenger cabins and cargo compartments are completely different. 

For example, cargo has a different floor load. This means that the structural load capacity of a passenger aircraft is lower than that of a cargo aircraft. While during passenger transport the escape routes must be kept clear and the oxygen supply must be guaranteed for each individual, special fire protection measures must be taken on board a cargo aircraft. All these and other criteria must be taken into account and included in the technical documentation and approved by suitably qualified engineers.

Lufthansa Technik is currently working to obtain supplementary type certifications for all common aircraft types so that airlines all over the world can quickly adapt their passenger aircraft for cargo flights.