Cabin Cargo Stowage unit

Transport of Cargo in Passenger Cabin

SII Netherlands has developed a solution geared towards a longer term use of passenger aircraft for air freight transportation which complements the Cargo Seat Bag solution. For the developed Cabin Cargo Transportations solutions a patent is pending.

Although the Corona virus seems to be on the return for Europe at least, airlines are still facing decreased ticket demands and passenger load factors, to this end the Cabin Cargo Stowage unit was developed. It will allow the airline to increase the revenue per flight by carrying additional cargo in the cabin.

Cabin Cargo Stowage (CCS)

The CCS consists of a pallet which is secured in the passenger cabin, a cargo net is provided to safeguard the cargo with no other restraints necessary. The optional hard cover provides fire containment for combined operational uses.

For the hard cover a scaled fire containment test was successfully completed at the Aeroworks fire test laboratory.

CCS Unit with hard cover and net.

Pallet used with hard cover and cargo net.

The Cabin Cargo Stowage Unit is developed within a partnership between Aeroworks and Trip & Co, both located in The Netherlands.

CCS Use Advantages

  • Fixed cargo stowage solution in the cabin
  • No risk of damage to floor structure and cabin lining
  • Higher load capability due to the use of a pallet
  • The pallets float over the cabin floor
  • Current solution is dual use: A320 and A330 family aircraft (also fits B737 and a standalone solution for B767)
  • The design is easily adaptable for other types of aircraft
  • All hardware is commonly used for aerospace applications and selected for short lead-times

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CCS Unit located in the aircraft cabin (Wide Body).

Possibility for Combined Operations

Combined operations (passenger and cargo) is achievable with the CCS product. With the use of a fixed pallet to restrain the cargo and a hard cover for fire containment combined operations are within the airworthiness regulations.

Wide body aircraft like the A330 or B767 with separate cabin areas are especially suited for these types of operations as emergency escape is not impacted and cabin monuments provide a physical barrier between the cabin and cargo area.

Aircraft cabin lay-out for combined operations

Aircraft cabin lay-out for combined operations (example).

On the basis of using this product in an A330 aircraft the center area of the cabin can be used for Cabin Cargo Stowage (CCS) installation only. Depending on the configuration an A330-200 or B767 can hold 16 CCS Units.

CCS Technical Description

The CCS is made from GFRP honeycomb panels with adequate protection for cargo loading, hardpoints are integrated in the panel.

The hard cover is split in two sections to allow for easy loading and fixed together via latch buckle, the exterior can be outfitted with an airline logo.

Cabin Cargo Stowage Key Facts

  • Cargo Weight (kg): 350
  • Cargo Volume (m3): 2,2
  • Pallet Size (mm): 2058 x 1226 x 50 (cargo stacking height 1000)

The CCS solution can be tailored to specific operator needs. Feel free to contact us and inquire on the possibilities for your aircraft fleet:

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Pallet loaded with boxes (without hard cover).

Cabin Cargo Continues Development

For longer term cabin cargo transportation solutions SII Netherlands is developing a retro fit cargo floor loading system with specialized pallets which will allow pallet loading outside the aircraft and transferred into the cabin via the passenger door.

Cabin Cargo Floor System

Cabin cargo floor loading system.

This solution has the objective for long term use of passenger configured aircraft for cargo operations without a major cargo conversion and still allow for easy and fast loading. More information on this development will be available shortly.

Feel free to contact us and inquire on the possibilities for your aircraft fleet:

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