The increasing online shopping has driven the growth of freight forwarding and courier traffic between countries. The client provides a guaranteed and premium overnight freight service between the two destination countries, serving freight forwarders, postal agencies and other express courier companies. The client presented GVH Aerospace with the challenge of modifying its Boeing 757 freighter to accommodate a mixture of cargo and passenger carriage.
GVH Aerospace designed the modification to be compatible with the existing cargo pallet floor locks. The modification is designed to carry up to 21 horses in 7 triple stalls, with 10 passenger seats installed in the rear of the aircraft, enabling combined passenger and freight operations. The passenger seats are installed on a removable pallet along with seat track mounted inter phone, stowage pallet for emergency equipment, overhead mounted modules with PA communications, emergency egress lighting, escape path signage and passenger warning and annunciations. The modification package was approved as an EASA STC. GVH Aerospace deployed an on-site engineering team to support the customer during the installation and modification phase. This resulted in a significant increase in freight carrying flexibility for the client’s operation.