Creamer Media has reported Embraer, a Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer, has developed ways for airlines to carry cargo on the passenger decks of its aircraft to meet demand for more air cargo capacity, the news source said.
The increase in demand for air cargo capacity has resulted from decrease in passenger flights (as airliners carry cargo as well as people), caused by measures taken by many countries in attempts to counter the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency has granted exemptions allowing for the carrying of extra cargo on Embraer´s commercial aircraft. The company has published Technical Dispositions explaining how to embark freight in the cabins of the ERJ 145 and E-Jet (including the new generation E-Jet E2) families of jet airliners.
In a more comprehensive option, up to 70% of an aircraft´s passenger seats can be removed and cargo carried on the cabin floor. The freight has to be contained using approved netting, which is attached to the inboard and outboard seat racks. This approach has already been applied to an E195 for Brazilian operator Azul Cargo. This gives a cargo payload capacity of 0.8 t for the ERJ 145 and of 2.36 t for the E190-E2.
For the EMB 120, Embraer has issued a service bulletin covering the conversion of its cabin to a full cargo configuration. The company could do this for its jet types as well, if its customers require it.