J&C Aero has received its first EASA Part 145 approval certifying J&C Aero to conduct in-house component maintenance and repairs, covering air conditioning and pressurisation, doors and hatches, electrical power and lights, equipment, windows, and structural components.

J&C Aero receives first EASA Part 145 approval

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J&C Aero has received its first EASA Part 145 approval certifying J&C Aero to conduct in-house component maintenance and repairs, covering air conditioning and pressurisation, doors and hatches, electrical power and lights, equipment, windows, and structural components.

J&C Aero has received its first EASA Part 145 approval certifying J&C Aero to conduct in-house component maintenance and repairs, covering air conditioning and pressurisation, doors and hatches, electrical power and lights, equipment, windows, and structural components. The company will provide in-house component MRO services at its newly launched Component Repair Shop in Vilnius, Lithuania.

“We’ve started purely as a design company, focusing on the development of various cabin interior elements. Step by step we have been expanding our capabilities by adding production and other services. By aiming to become a single point for all aircraft cabin-related needs, adding MRO capabilities is logical next step for us,” explained Laurynas Skukauskas, CEO at J&C Aero. “We are grateful to the Transport Competence Agency for their guidance throughout the certification process. And, of course, big praise to our component repair team that made it all possible.”

J&C Aero currently, operates a 1,500 square meter facility that includes cabin interior design, production and print shops, as well as testing laboratories, a warehouse, and the recently launched component repair shop. By the end of 1Q 2022, J&C Aero plans to more than double its main facilities near Vilnius International Airport (VNO) by increasing total space to 3,500 square meters.

JC&Aero STC for permanent in-cabin cargo for A330 cabins

J&C Aero and SmartLynx Airlines working towards permanent EASA STC approval

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JC&Aero STC for permanent in-cabin cargo for A330 cabins

International aviation design and production company J&C Aero and SmartLynx Airlines have strengthened their in-cabin cargo transportation partnership.

Under a new agreement J&C Aero’s engineers will manage the certification process for the air carrier to receive a permanent EASA STC for cargo transportation inside Airbus A330 cabins. Previously, J&C Aero had provided engineering support for SmartLynx Airlines to receive temporal approval for the modification of five Airbus A330 with Zero LOPA.

Under the Zero LOPA project, J&C Aero has developed all the necessary technical and legal documentation required to conduct cabin modification on five wide-body aircraft operated by SmartLynx Airlines. In addition, the company’s engineers conducted technical oversight of the modification works and ensured their subsequent temporary certification by aviation authorities. Completed modifications enabled the air carrier to operate Airbus A330s that can be relatively easily converted from passenger to cargo operations and vice versa.

“Back at the beginning of 2020, J&C Aero was the first and only holder of an EASA STC that allowed cargo transportation inside passenger cabins without any time or flight hour limitations. Today, the market demand evolved further, and airlines require even more flexibility in terms of fleet operations. It is vital for them to utilise the full capacity of their cabins while being able to easily change between PAX and cargo operations as the demand shifts. This particularly concerns the wide-body segment whereas many operators were forced to ground their long-haul aircraft amid the pandemic. But the ability to have an aircraft that is both passenger- and cargo-ready without conducting the full-fledge P2F conversion allows airlines to seize new opportunities on the cargo market while the travel segment is still recovering. With this in mind, we are very thankful to SmartLynx Airlines for entrusting the certification process with us and look forward to a smooth receipt of an STC by the carrier,” said Vitalijus Malyška, the COO of J&C Aero.

Each of SmartLynx Airlines’ seatless Airbus A330 has up to 34 cargo zones for cargo containers or nets with a total transportation capacity of 260 m3 and up to 55,000 kg of cargo. With all necessary temporary approvals by aviation authorities received, the airline already operates the modified aircraft on transatlantic and transpacific routes, transporting medical supplies and other cargo types and being ready for the growing demand as the pre-Christmas season approaches. With the support of J&C Aero engineers, the airline anticipates completing the certification for a permanent EASA STC by the end of autumn 2021.

Robert Woods, VP Technical at SmartLynx Airlines commented on the agreement: “We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with J&C Aero as we continue strengthening our positions in the cargo market. Throughout our cooperation, we have always been pleased with the quality and efficiency of J&C Aero. We trust that as we take larger steps into the long-haul market, having such a reliable partner will be truly beneficial for our company.”

Colibri Aero and international aircraft design and production organisation J&C Aero are to develop cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins. The Cargo Containers come in five different sizes and are designed for widebody passenger cabins of Airbus A330, A340 and Boeing 767, 777.

Colibri Aero and J&C Aero to develop cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins

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Colibri Aero and international aircraft design and production organisation J&C Aero are to develop cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins. The Cargo Containers come in five different sizes and are designed for widebody passenger cabins of Airbus A330, A340 and Boeing 767, 777.

Colibri Aero and international aircraft design and production organisation J&C Aero are to develop cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins.

The Cargo Containers come in five different sizes and are designed for widebody passenger cabins of Airbus A330, A340 and Boeing 767, 777. With individual smoke detectors, the Cargo Containers are intended for temporary replacement of passenger seats while converting the aircraft’s cabin for transportation of cargo of any type.

The initial modification will be intended for use in cabins with the supervising cabin crew members. After certifying Cargo Container under EASA STC requirements, J&C Aero and Colibri Aero plan to upgrade the modification for other aircraft types and size variations.

“We are very pleased to see our airline customers around the world regaining access to scheduled flights. However, we understand many of them will face challenges related to seat occupancy, particularly in the widebody segment,” said Andrius Norkevičius, CEO of Colibri Aero. “Earlier this year, we have already launched the production of Cargo Seat Bags which hold their own EASA STC and are already used by airlines in Europe and Asia. But they are more suited for narrowbody passenger cabins, being able to transport up to 252 kg (555 lb) per a triple seat block. And for a widebody aircraft to generate profit, airlines need a solution that can transport much more cargo in the passenger cabin. And that’s precisely what the Cargo Containers will offer.”

“While developing Cargo Containers, our main focus was safety, the volume of cargo, and the time required to change the seats with containers and vice versa. With one container being able to transport up to 850 kg (1870 lb) of commercial cargo, a typical Airbus A330 cabin can be converted in just 24 hours fitting 36 containers. This means that almost 27 tons (58,640 lb) of cargo per single flight can be transported inside the passenger cabin. We see stable demand for this product not only in the nearest future but also in a longer perspective as the aviation industry adapts to the new, post-COVID-19 world,” added Laurynas Skukauskas, Chief Commercial Officer at J&C Aero.

Cargo seat bags

A320 seat-bag cargo modification

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Cargo seat bags

Lithuanian firm Colibri Aero and J&C Aero have developed a cargo seat-bag configuration intended for commercial supply transport.

The kit is designed for a triple-seat block to store up to 75kg of cargo per seat as well as an additional 9kg underneath – therefore a total of 250kg per block. The development team commented that the kit can be easily installed within minutes and it capable of carrying mail, electronics and medical equipment.

J&C Aero began work on the modification in 2019 but the team has put “additional resources” into the programme in February to speed up the process of certification. It has already been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

“Being able to promptly apply temporary modifications for passenger cabins for cargo purposes may allow aircraft operators to increase cargo capacities,” stated Colibri Aero Chief, Andrius Norkevicius.