The aviation industry was heavily hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and also Cargo capacity reduced dramatically. KLM has therefore been operating Cargo in Cabin (CIC) flights carrying medical relief goods / PPE material on seats, using plastic sheeting and straps. Initially, these now over 150 flights were mainly executed by the remaining three KLM Boeing 747 Combi aircraft. However, since the “Queen of the Skies” retired from the royal blue fleet, KLM’s Boeing 777 aircraft are also used for CIC. As these aircrafts are fully operational and “100% in service”, loading of boxes on passenger seats has to be done with great caution to safeguard flight safety and to avoid damage to the interior, seats and entertainment systems.
In order to also achieve maximum payload and flexibility, KLM contacted their preferred “Cargo Equipment Partner” Trip & Co for a solution. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trip & Co has been designing and producing Cargo in Cabin solutions, such as Cargo Seat Bags XL and Cabin Stowage Containers. In line with these innovations, KLM asked Trip & Co to design a user-friendly, easy-to-install (and remove) quality product taking KLM’s Cargo in Cabin experiences into consideration.