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Frankfurt, Germany - Lufthansa Group's MRO division German Lufthansa Technik is working on Passenger-to-Cargo conversion for an Airbus A380 of a customer.

The company did not disclose the customer but said the conversion will be permanent.  The conversion will comply with temporary passenger-to-freight regulatory exemptions to meet increasing cargo demand during the pandemic.

“The current exemption and our solution for it can be transferred to our supplemental type certificate at a later point in time without major adjustments. Anyone who opts for Lufthansa Technik’s exceptional solution now can easily switch to the permanent [supplementary type certification] solution later,” 

said Lufthansa Technik aircraft modification base maintenance senior director Henning Jochmann.

The modification covers much more than just removing the seats from the cabin seats Jochmann says.

The conversion could mark the reborn of the iconic superjumbo from its ashes. The aircraft is no longer wanted by airline operators due to its high operating costs. Many of them have been parked at aircraft boneyards since the beginning of the pandemic.

A dedicated A380 freighter program by Airbus was ended after due to the lack of customer interest.

Airbus had initially accumulated 27 orders from cargo specialists FedEx and UPS, as well as lessor ILFC and Middle Eastern carrier Emirates through its SkyCargo division. The European aerospace giant had begun the construction of wings for the first A380F in 2005.

But operators dropped their orders the following year.

Lufthansa Technik says that it had received inquiries from more than 40 carriers for the temporary freighter conversion of the existing A380s
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