Telair develops loading system for A320 aircraft that can be adapted to fit cargo
TELAIR International has developed a modular cargo loading system (CLS) that enables the lower deck of a narrow-body aircraft to be converted for different cargo requirements
TELAIR International has developed a modular cargo loading system (CLS) that enables the lower deck of a narrow-body aircraft to be converted for different cargo requirements. Certification is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.
The CLS comprises pre-assembled floor modules that can be reconfigured 'within a few hours' to accommodate full bulk or containerised cargo loading - depending on the type of freight that is to be loaded and transported, reported London's Air Cargo News.
The modular CLS has been developed as a post-delivery modification or retrofit conversion for Airbus A320 aircraft.
Launch customer Lufthansa Group has ordered 100 systems, to be installed on new A320/A321neo aircraft over the next six years, starting from the second quarter of 2020.
'This intelligent solution will help our customers optimise the performance of their fleets and reduce operational costs throughout the life cycle,' Telair International chief executive Marko Enderlein was quoted as saying.
'As the aerospace market continues to grow strongly, and airlines are being increasingly challenged to be flexible to varied loads, the time had come to develop the modular cargo loading system.'
The company believes leasing firms will benefit from an increase in the aircraft's residual value, as they will be able to offer long-term flexibility of lower deck cargo hold usage.