Two companies have partnered together to develop universal cargo seat bags for commercial and humanitarian transportation inside Airbus narrow-body passenger cabins.
The launch comes as an increasing number of airlines begin using their grounded passenger jets to carry cargo instead amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Colibri Aero, an international supplier of aircraft parts and interior solutions, together with J&C Aero, an international aircraft design and production organisation, have made the bags for use in Airbus A319, A320 and A321 cabins.
The newly developed interior modification kit has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and has received its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).
The Cargo Seat Bag comes as a 76x76x147cm kit for a triple seat, with up to 75kg of cargo to be stored on the seat and additional 9kg under the seat, totalling 252kg per a triple seat block.
The kit can be installed in several minutes and can include a wide range of cargo types, from postal correspondence, household goods, electronics and other commercial cargo to medical equipment and other kinds of humanitarian supplies.
“We started the development of the modification back in 2019, with numerous testing and continuous consultations with both aviation authorities and airlines along the way,” said Laurynas Skukauskas, CCO at J&C Aero.
“In February, amidst the growing concerns over what now is known as the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided to put additional resources to the project in order to have a certified modification as soon as possible.”
Andrius Norkevičius, CEO of Colibri Aero, said: “We are all in this together and we have to help airlines to adapt during these challenging times. While the passenger traffic has drastically fallen, many airlines keep operating their passenger aircraft for cargo deliveries – both ordinary goods and medical equipment like masks, respirators, and other items.
“Being able to promptly apply temporary modifications for passenger cabins for cargo purposes may allow aircraft operators to increase cargo capacities thus adapting operations to the growing demand for cargo air deliveries between countries and regions.”