Kuehne+Nagel reveal how passenger aircraft can be converted for cargo
A comprehensive logistics solution for converting passenger aircraft into freighter planes, labelled as P2F, is Kuehne+Nagel’s response to the demand for cargo flights.
The need to convert passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft was triggered by the market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The logistics operator says that more than 1500 machines need to be converted.
The growth of the air freight market, mainly due to the growth of eCommerce, is driving the need to rebuild more than 1,500 aircraft.
This is an engineering challenge that requires a number of complex measures to change the structure of the aircraft. Among other things, cargo doors must be installed on the main deck, all passenger facilities must be removed, while a floor grid and panels must be installed to increase the permitted weight of cargo.
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We now offer a reliable, end-to-end solution for converting end-of-life passenger aircraft, allowing our customers to scale their business, reduce costs and increase cargo capacity. I am very pleased that the preliminary discussions with airlines and companies about the P2F solution are promising,” says Erik Goedhart, global head of aerospace in Kuehne+Nagel.
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