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How passenger aircraft converted into a freighter

Boeing Forecasts Air Cargo Traffic to Increase Twofold Over Next 20 Years

The airplane, which is currently one of the fastest modes of transportation and has increased passenger demand, is only now starting to understand the importance of cargo transport. Airlines are looking for aircraft that can be converted from passenger to cargo flights. We will look at the conversion process in this article.

Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions allow passenger aircraft to be transformed into freighter aircraft. In order to enable the loading and unloading of goods, the process entails removing the seats and other passenger comforts from the aircraft’s cabin and replacing them with a cargo door and other alterations.

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A well-liked and economical method of producing more cargo airplanes is to convert existing freighters. It’s amazing to observe how a passenger plane is transformed into a cargo, especially as airlines continue to acquire more and more of these jets. Here is an example of the entire process.

Here are the general steps involved in a typical P2F conversion:

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  1. Removal of interior fittings: Interior fittings are removed from the aircraft, including the seats, galleys, restrooms, overhead bins, and other interior fittings.
  2. Reinforcement of the cabin floor: The installation of cargo handling systems includes the use of cargo nets, roller bed systems, and cargo loading systems.
  3. Installation of cargo handling systems: The cabin floor has been strengthened so that it can support the weight and loading demands of the cargo.
  4. Cargo door installation: To make it easier to load and unload cargo, a cargo door is mounted on the fuselage.
  5. Addition of structural modifications: Structural modifications may be required to support the added weight and stress of cargo operations.
  6. Cargo fire suppression systems and other avionics are installed to support cargo operations.
  7. Testing and certification: To make sure the modified aircraft complies with legal standards and is secure for cargo missions, it goes through rigorous testing and certification processes.
  8. Modifications: The P2F conversion process can be performed by specialized aircraft modification companies and can take several months to complete. The cost of the conversion varies depending on the type of aircraft and the extent of modifications required.

Specialized aircraft modification companies can carry out the P2F conversion process, which normally takes many months to complete. Depending on the type of aircraft and the amount of changes required the cost of conversion varies. However, by enabling operators to transport cargo, the change can increase the aircraft’s useful life and generate additional revenue.

Analysts predict that demand will increase in this sector based on the existing market. The modifications will also be advantageous for airlines, leasing firms, maintenance businesses, and aircraft manufacturers. A conversion of an aircraft is technically highly challenging. In order to assure efficient production and on-time completion, it necessitates highly skilled experts and a sizable quantity of parts. Many work steps used to be done manually, but today, even in the aviation sector, an increasing number of MRO (maintenance, repair, and operation) activities are being automated.

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Which is bigger 777x or 787 aircraft ?

Which is bigger 777x or 787 aircraft ?

The 777X is a new series of the Boeing 777 family and is designed to be larger and more efficient than its predecessor. It features two variants: the 777-8 and the 777-9, being the larger of the two.

The Boeing 777X emerges as the larger sibling within the Boeing family, representing a significant leap forward in both size and efficiency. Comprising two variants, the 777-8 and the 777-9, the latter takes the crown as the larger of the two. With its expansive fuselage and impressive wingspan, the 777X is tailored for long-range journeys and boasts a substantial passenger capacity.

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On the other hand, the Boeing 787, affectionately known as the Dreamliner, occupies a niche in the market as a smaller yet formidable aircraft designed for medium to long-range flights. Its distinguishing feature lies in its composite fuselage, a technological marvel that renders it lighter and more fuel-efficient compared to conventional aluminum counterparts. The Boeing 777X is larger than the Boeing 787 aircraft.

When it comes to passenger capacity, the 777-9 reigns supreme, typically accommodating a sizeable contingent of 400-425 passengers in its standard configuration. In contrast, the 787, with its more modest dimensions, typically carries between 240-290 passengers, depending on the variant and layout.

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One of the remarkable innovations introduced with the 777X is its folding wingtips, a feature designed to address the logistical challenges of accommodating such a large aircraft in conventional airport gates. These folding wingtips enable the 777X to retract its wings, allowing it to fit into gates designed for smaller aircraft while still reaping the benefits of an extended wingspan during flight, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency and operational flexibility

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China Secures Production Certificate for Mass Production of Pilotless eVTOL Aircraft

China Secures Production Certificate for Mass Production of Pilotless eVTOL Aircraft
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The first passenger-carrying pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the world, the EH216-S, has received the Production Certificate for its eVTOL aircraft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

This is a significant milestone for EHang Holdings Limited, the leading UAM technology platform company in the world. This outstanding accomplishment is another big step towards mass manufacturing for the eVTOL aircraft and the ensuing commercial operations, building on the ground-breaking acquisition of the Type Certificate and the Standard Airworthiness Certificate for the EH216-S.

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The PC is a crucial certificate that the aircraft maker receives from the CAAC, the country’s aviation authority. By obtaining this certificate, EHang has demonstrated that it has set up a quality management system for mass production that satisfies the airworthiness regulation standards set forth by the CAAC, and the company has been given permission to continue producing mass quantities.

It is also a strong guarantee of the calibre of the goods made by EHang. Raw materials, supplier management, manufacturing organisation, production quality control, aircraft pre-delivery test, after-sales repair and maintenance, etc. are all included in the mass production quality management system for the EH216-S.

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To ensure that every aircraft and its components that roll off the production line strictly adhere to the approved type design and safety requirements, the system sets clear guidelines and documentation for every step in the production procedure. This ensures comprehensive traceability and safety control.

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Four Airbus A380 Superjumbos lined up to be scrapped

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In a strategic move aimed at reclaiming valuable resources from the iconic Airbus A380 aircraft, VAS Aero Services and Dr. Peters Group have announced a significant collaboration.

This partnership marks a milestone in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, with four of these colossal planes slated for teardown and redistribution of used serviceable material (USM).

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The venture between VAS Aero Services, renowned for its expertise in aircraft dismantlement, and Dr. Peters Group, a prominent Germany-based investment fund management firm, underscores a commitment to sustainable aviation practices. This isn’t their first foray into scrapping A380s; their successful partnership has already seen the dismantlement of these aircraft, making them pioneers in this niche.

Under the agreement, the latest consignment brings the tally to eight A380s entrusted to VAS by Dr. Peters Group. Managing Director Christian Mailly of Dr. Peters Group emphasized the trust placed in VAS, citing their unparalleled capabilities in dismantlement and aftermarket sales network. It’s a strategic move in response to the growing demand for quality USM parts, particularly with the resurgence in reliance on the A380.

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Notably, the teardown process will be carried out at various locations, optimizing the positioning of harvested parts to cater to different markets. While some parts will be positioned in Europe to support operators in the region and the Middle East, others will remain in the Asia-Pacific region. This meticulous strategy ensures efficient access to spare parts, benefiting MROs and airlines across these markets.

The decision to retire these A380s comes at a time when operators are reassessing fleet strategies amidst evolving market dynamics. Despite initial plans for quick retirement due to the emergence of more fuel-efficient alternatives, factors such as a rebound in long-haul demand and delays in new widebody deliveries have prompted operators to reconsider. The A380, with its unique capacity and capabilities, presents a practical solution for short-term capacity management.

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