Kuehne+Nagel to convert passenger aircraft to freighter (P2F), a second life for unused planes

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With the worldwide grounding of passenger aircraft as a result of plummeting passenger traffic due to covid-19 along with surging demand for air cargo, Kuehne+Nagel has provided a solution to convert passenger into freighter aircraft (P2F).

“With the new P2F aircraft conversion program, we now offer a reliable end-to-end solution to manage conversions of retired passenger aircraft into a long-lasting freighter, so our customers can scale up their operations, reduce costs and boost cargo capacity,” said Erik Goedhart, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Aerospace at Kuehne+Nagel.

Over 1,500 airplanes are to be converted into freighter as demand for e-commerce and air cargo continues to grow. However, the changeover comes with a great engineering task.

Engineering challenge

P2F conversion requires many complex modifications of the aircraft and accurate material management. Converting planes to freighter takes many physical changes including the installation of the main deck cargo door, removal of all passenger amenities, installation of floor grid and freighter floor panels for increased weights and many other modifications. A massive amount of structural items used during the conversion requires precise and reliable material management.

End-to-end logistics solution

Using the KN InteriorChain solution, airlines and P2F conversion companies can manage a massive amount of structural items in an easy, efficient and transparent way, extending the useful life of their aircraft.

The solution is based on Kuehne+Nagel’s global 24/7 aerospace network, ensuring connectivity and visibility down to part and serial number level globally from origin until handover to the engineer.

Taking a modular and integrated approach, it significantly reduces the overall costs while eliminating complexity with a single point of control that handles the material flow end-to-end in line with layover schedules and manufacture serial number (MSN) sequence. The solution includes fully digitized ordering and supplier management, proactive multimodal transportation management, customs, warehousing and end of life solutions.

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