Colibri and J&C develop cargo containers for widebody cabins

By Damian Brett

Baltic parts firm Colibri Aero and design specialist J&C Aero have developed cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins that allow Airbus and Boeing cabin conversion between passenger and cargo operations within just 24 hours.

The cargo containers are available in five different sizes and are designed for widebody passenger cabins of Airbus A330, A340 and Boeing 767, 777.

Each is equipped with its own smoke detector and are intended to temporarily replace passenger seats.

The initial modification is intended for use in cabins with the supervising cabin crew members.

After certifying the containers under European Union Aviation Safety Agency STC requirements, the modification will be upgraded for other aircraft types and size variations.

With one container being able to transport up to 850 kg of commercial cargo, a typical Airbus A330 cabin can be converted in just 24 hours fitting 36 containers, meaning almost 27 tons of cargo per single flight can be transported inside the passenger cabin.

In April, the partners announced that European regulators had approved an interior modification for Airbus A320-family jets which enables seats to be converted into cargo-transport facilities, after an accelerated development effort in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

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