Kuehne+Nagel is tapping its KN InteriorChain logistics service in developing an integrated end-to-end solution to support passenger to freighter (P2F) conversions.
The logistics group says the move was spurred by the changing cargo market requirements and a significant amount of unused passenger equipment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It adds that e-commerce continues to grow and cites demand forecasts for more than 1,500 P2F aircraft in the coming years.
A significant amount of structural items used during the conversion requires precise and reliable material management, highlights K+N.
KN InteriorChain is the outcome of Kuehne+Nagel’s close collaboration with suppliers and customers and an in-depth air cargo and aerospace expertise. The solution is based on Kuehne+Nagel’s global 24/7 aerospace network, ensuring connectivity and visibility down to part and serial number level globally from origin until handover to the engineer.
The solution takes a modular and integrated approach to reduce the overall costs while eliminating complexity with a single point of control that handles the material flow end-to-end in line with layover schedules and manufacture serial number (MSN) sequence. The solution includes fully digitised ordering and supplier management, proactive multimodal transportation management, customs, warehousing, and end of life solutions, K+N adds.
Erik Goedhart, senior VP, global head of Aerospace at Kuehne+Nagel, says: “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Kuehne+Nagel has proven its agility to adapt to changing market requirements quickly.
“With the new P2F aircraft conversion programme, we now offer a reliable end-to-send solution to manage conversions of retired passenger aircraft into a long-lasting freighter, so our customers can scale up their operations, reduce costs and boost cargo capacity. I am very pleased that the initial feedback out of validation sessions with leading airlines and companies for P2F conversions is very positive,” Goedhart adds.