Universal Cargo Seat developed to help the fight against Covid-19


Colibri Aero, an international supplier of aircraft parts and interior solutions, together with J&C Aero, an international aircraft design and production organisation, have developed universal Cargo Seat Bags for commercial and humanitarian cargo transportation inside Airbus A319/A320/A321 passenger cabins.

The newly developed interior modification kit has already been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and has received its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

The Cargo Seat Bag is a spacious 76x76x147cm (30x30x58 in) kit for a triple seat, which enables up to 75kg (165 lb) of cargo to be stored on the seat and additional 9kg – under the seat, totalling 252kg (555 lb) per a triple seat block.

The kit can be easily installed within a few minutes and can be used for 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. In February 2020, 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.

“We are thankful to our team and European aviation authorities whose close cooperation will allow us to deliver the modification to the market at a time of need,” stated Laurynas Skukauskas, CEO at J&C Aero.

The kits are developed in compliance with structural integrity, fire protection, and emergency evacuation requirements. All aircraft operators will be supplied with a cargo bag special condition compliance justification matrix, a loading manual and additional documentation required by their national aviation authorities (CAAs). The MOD kit documentation may also be supplemented with an EASA Form 1.

“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,” added Andrius Norkevičius, CEO of Colibri Aero.

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