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Colibri Aero and J&C Aero to develop cargo containers for Airbus and Boeing widebody passenger cabins
2020 | 06 | 11

Colibri Aero, an international supplier of aircraft parts and interior solutions, together with J&C Aero, an international aircraft design and production organization, has announced the development of cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins thus allowing cabin conversion between passenger and cargo operations within just 24 hours.

The Cargo Containers come in five different sizes and are designed for widebody passenger cabins of Airbus A330, A340 and Boeing 767, 777. Each equipped with its own smoke detector, the Cargo Containers are intended for temporal replacement of passenger seats while converting the aircraft’s cabin for transportation of cargo of any type.  

The initial modification will be intended for use in cabins with the supervising cabin crew members. After certifying Cargo Container under EASA STC requirements, J&C Aero and Colibri Aero plan to upgrade the modification for other aircraft types and size variations.

“We are very pleased to see our airline customers around the world regaining access to scheduled flights. However, we understand many of them will face challenges related to seat occupancy, particularly in the widebody segment,” shares Andrius Norkevičius, the CEO of Colibri Aero. “Earlier this year, we have already launched the production of Cargo Seat Bags which hold their own EASA STC and are already used by airlines in Europe and Asia. But they are more suited for narrowbody passenger cabins, being able to transport up to 252 kg (555 lb) per a triple seat block. And for a widebody aircraft to generate profit, airlines need a solution that can transport much more cargo in the passenger cabin. And that’s precisely what the Cargo Containers will offer.”

“While developing Cargo Containers, our main focus was safety, the volume of cargo, and the time required to change the seats with containers and vice versa. With one container being able to transport up to 850 kg (1870 lb) of commercial cargo, a typical Airbus A330 cabin can be converted in just 24 hours fitting 36 containers. This means that almost 27 tons (58,640 lb) of cargo per single flight can be transported inside the passenger cabin. We see stable demand for this product not only in the nearest future but also in a longer perspective as the aviation industry adapts to the new, post-COVID-19 world,” says Laurynas Skukauskas, the Chief Commercial Officer at J&C Aero.

Colibri Aero, an international supplier of aircraft parts and interior solutions, has signed an engine maintenance and sale agreement with a US-based engine component manufacturer Enjet Aero. Two CFM56 engines have already been shipped to Enjet Aero’s locations in the USA and China.

Under the agreement, Colibri Aero has acquired a set of two CFM56-3C1 engines from an undisclosed third party and conducted their resource restoration. Following the end of maintenance works, the set was inspected and accepted by Enjet Aero’s engineering team, as well as prepared for transportation. In January 2020, one of the engines was shipped to the customer’s base in the USA while the remaining one was delivered to an Enjet Aero’s location in China.

“It’s an inspiring and promising start of the year! We are happy to enter 2020 with a new cooperation with Enjet Aero. I’m also proud of our team which yet again proved its flexibility by sealing the deal earlier in January 2020. We are grateful to our new US customer which awarded us with the contract,” shared the founder and CEO of Colibri Aero Andrius Norkevičius.

“We know Andrius and his team for many years now. When it comes to matters requiring flexible, yet agile solutions, they have our confidence. Thus, we were glad to cooperate with Colibri Aero which located the engines and delivered them in perfect condition without any delay,” said Name Surname, the CEO of Enjet Aero.

Colibri Aero is an EASA Part 145 and Part 21-certified company specializing in narrow and regional aircraft components supply, as well as interior solutions. With key capabilities covering Airbus, Boeing, ATR, Bombardier, and Embraer aircraft, the company supports customers from around the world, including German leisure airlines TUI fly and Condor, the Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana, one of Russia’s leading air carriers Rossiya, and other.