Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) has adapted its KN InteriorChain end-to-end logistics solution to support the passenger to freighter aircraft conversion (P2F) market.

K+N said that the growth of air cargo, especially for e-commerce, has created a need for more than 1,500 aircraft to be converted from passenger to freighter configurations. This requires numerous modifications, including the installation of the main deck cargo door, removal of all passenger amenities and the installation of floor grid and freighter floor panels.

K+N collaborated with its suppliers and customers, using its air cargo expertise to repurpose KN InteriorChain. The transport and logistics company said the solution reduces costs and complexity, with a single point of control that handles the material flow in line with layover schedules and manufacture serial number sequence. The solution also includes digitised ordering and supplier management, multimodal transportation management, Customs, warehousing, and end of life solutions.

Erik Goedhart, senior vice president and global head of aerospace at K+N, said: “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.”