First A350 cabin to cargo conversion with Airbus Service Bulletin completed with Asiana Airlines
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has become the world’s first airline to embody the Airbus solution to convert an A350 passenger cabin to carry freight. This solution, packaged as an Airbus Service Bulletin (SB) no. SB 25-P170, was developed in close cooperation between Airbus, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Asiana.
The modified A350 was put into service in the last week of September flying the Seoul-Los Angeles route, transporting IT and electronic equipment, as well as e-commerce exports such as clothing.
From October, the aircraft will service additional high-demand routes including Seoul-Ho Chi Minh. The project required the replacement of 283 economy seats with cargo pallets on the cabin floor to firmly secure cargo loads. The two-week modification increases the aircraft’s cargo capacity by five additional metric tonnes to 23 tonnes.
Amidst the global impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry, Asiana is pursuing an active response towards utilising the cargo carrying capabilities of its passenger airliner fleet to expand its cargo capacity.