Who are LCF Conversions?
The Eolia Group has formed LCF Conversions which is the trade name for the programme to convert Boeing and Airbus 3rd Generation
Medium Wide Bodied (MWB) passenger aircraft to freighters. LCF stands for Low Cost Freighter - converting passenger aircraft into
freighters at costs equivalent to that of a large cabin re configuration - a fraction of the cost of undertaking a conventional full
passenger to freighter conversion.
The Eolia Group was established in 2003 for the specific purpose of investing in passenger to freighter conversion programmes.
Investment in a 747–400 conversion programme was the Group’s first investment. This programme is managed through a jointventure
company PSF Conversions (www.psfconversions.com) and today a large number of converted aircraft are in operation with
leading cargo operators.
Why the time is right for the Low Cost Freighter (LCF)
Eolia believes that the modification opportunities on the 3rd Generation MWB aircraft platforms are different and for conversion from
a passenger configuration this generation of platforms requires a new approach. Simply replicating what worked in the past is likely
to result in economically unrealistic solutions in part because the engineering challenge on this generation of aircraft is so much
greater in relation to the original design parameters (passenger optimised).
Extensive and selected industry research together with preliminary design of the LCF concept was first commissioned by the Eolia
Group in 2010. Since then the Eolia Group has secured the patented design rights (Patent no 8,011,617) and in June 2011 LCF
commenced Phase 1 of the programme to develop and obtain Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) from both the USA’s Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the LCF programme. The STC’s for converting the
Airbus A340–300 and A340-600 aircraft to LCF freighter configuration will probably be the first LCF programmes.
Why we will deliver a successful programme
The Eolia Group is an organisation that draws on and retains services from amongst the world’s leading experts in civil aircraft
conversion all with extensive experience on the Airbus A300B4 and A300–600 programmes and the Boeing 737, 747, 757 and 767
conversion programmes. These have proved to be highly competitive programmes with strong customer appeal.
The LCF modification design and certification is managed by Seattle based ACE Corporation - the company has been involved in
a number of successful conversion and modification programmes both with independent companies and with the leading OEM’s,
Airbus and Boeing. These programmes have included cargo conversions and major modifications.
LCF Conversions is working with ANCRA, a world class cargo loading system (CLS) supplier, to design, manufacture and certify (separate
STC) a low weight CLS system for the LCF programme. The CLS system for the LCF conversion is based on the use of components
already proven to be highly reliable in other cargo operations which, when installed in aircraft as part of the LCF conversion, results in
reduced weight and cost (and increased payload).
To read more download the pdf:
LCF Programme Overview