Telair will supply the cargo loading system and floor panels for the Boeing 777-300ERCF passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion being undertaken by MRO Kansas Modification Center (KMC).
KMC is developing its 777-300ERCF converted freighter in partnership with maintenance and overhaul shop NIAR WERX – a division of Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). Backbone Freighter Leasing became the launch customer for the converted freighter in April.
The Telair main deck cargo handling and loading system for the 777-300ERCF can be operated both mechanically and fully electrically powered. Additionally, switching between modes of operation is possible even after the initial configuration, offering each customer maximum flexibility for the deployment of their fleet.
In addition to the cargo loading system, Telair will also supply the floor panels to complement the mechanical and electrical handling and loading system. Telair is able to design and produce the floor panel structure to best fit the installation requirement.
Telair said compared to traditional manufacturing and installation methods, the Telair floor panels offer a weight-optimised and production system tailored design, with reduced time for installation and removal during operation.
“Telair is honoured to have been selected by Kansas Modification Center and NIAR WERX for this thrilling new freighter program,” said Ralf Schönzler, president of Telair.
“Telair has the most flexible load configurations, coupled with outstanding product support throughout the aircraft lifecycle. The KMC 777-300ERCF freighter will complement airlines’ express and cargo networks. We look forward to our partnership with Kansas Modification Center and NIAR WERX.”