KLM Cargo has partnered with its cargo equipment supplier Trip & Co to design a tailor-made, user-friendly, easy-to-install (and remove) Cargo Seat Bag (CSB) for its cargo in cabin flights.
Working with KLM’s Cargo in Cabin project team, Trip & Co has fine-tuned the CSB and adapted it to KLM’s specific needs. The product has been submitted to the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority (IL&T) for approval and authorisation under Art. 71(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (EASA). The bags not only protect the interior but also double loading capacity on the seats, reduce physical strain during handling and prevent plastic waste.
KLM received the first set of 172 Cargo Seat Bags (single-seat, double-seat and triple-seat versions) on April 8 and undertook its first operational flight using CSBs on April 13, carrying about 950 boxes (10 tonnes) of medical relief goods and Covid-19 test kits from Shanghai to Amsterdam.
Edwin de Jongh, the chief commercial officer of Trip & Co, said, “We are very proud that our joint effort has resulted in a flexible, easy-to-use, lightweight solution that gives the airline an opportunity to offer extra cargo capacity in the passenger cabin and avoid having to convert the cabin permanently. It reminds me of the ‘quick change solution of the seventies’: within an hour, the cabin is transformed from ‘cargo’ to a place ready to welcome passengers for a comfortable flight.”
Cargo Seat Bags are available in three versions, i.e. single-seat, double-seat and triple-seat. They can be used on KLM’s Boeing 777-200/300, Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft.