Avensis gains STC for its reversible freighter conversion solution

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Conversion firm Avensis Aviation has been awarded a permanent freighter Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its fully reversible MEDIUS cargo modification.

Avensis said its MEDIUS reversible solution features a Class-E cargo compartment without a cargo door, meaning it has the level of fire protection required for a freighter.

“MEDIUS is a completely reversible solution that transforms passenger cabins into full Class-E cargo compartments, allowing customers the freedom to quickly adapt to industry demand,” the company said.

Applicable to Airbus A330, the modification also introduces a separated Supernumerary Crew Cabin.

The launch customer for the solution is TAP Air Cargo.

Cristian Sutter, chief executive of Avensis Aviation, said: “As the industry recovers from the pandemic, flexible passenger to freighter (PTF) capacity is more important than ever to ensure airlines’ optimised fleet utilisation and deliver greater revenue potential.

“We are thrilled to be the only approved PTF provider to offer the MEDIUS product, this advanced, first-of-its-kind cargo conversion solution.

“This is a major milestone for us as an organisation, but it is only a glimpse of our capabilities and we have further product launches planned for the coming months. Our thanks to EASA, and to our launch customer, TAP Air Cargo, for their support throughout the approval process.”

Avensis’ other customers, including AELF FlightService, joined TAP Air Cargo as confirmed customers of the MEDIUS modification with 10 committed conversions for 2022-23.

Other airlines are also looking to transform passenger aircraft into temporary freighters with Class-E cargo compartments.

Eastern Airlines plans to add 35 specially converted B777 passenger-converted freighters.

Meanwhile, Vallair has also unveiled a temporary Airbus A330-300 E Class widebody freighter conversion solution.

Eastern Airlines to add 35 ‘Class-E’ B777 Pax-Freighters

Vallair unveils first temporary Airbus A330-300 E Class freighter conversion

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]