Cargo Capability – loading flexibility
With more than 15,469 feet3 (438 m3) of cargo volume available, and the ability to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of revenue payload more than 3,255 nautical miles (6,025 km), this airplane is an ideal freighter to meet medium-size requirements and to replace aging 707 and DC-8 freighters.
Up to 24 pallets, each measuring 88 inches by 125 inches (223.5 cm by 317.5 cm) at the base, can be accommodated on the main deck. Total main-deck container volume is 11,884 feet3 (336 m3), and the two lower holds of the airplane provide 3,585 feet3 (102 m3) for seven pallets, two containers and bulk loading.
The freighter’s main-deck cargo system offers the flexibility of accepting virtually all types of pallets and containers in the air-cargo industry. The 767 Freighter is well-suited to directly accommodate transfer of pallets and containers commonly used in existing widebody freighters, such as the 777and 747, as well as those from single-aisle freighters, including the 757-200. This allows an operator to interline freight from one airplane to another until it reaches its destination.
The 767 Freighter features a large cargo door on the main deck of the forward fuselage, a single crew-entry door and a freighter interior.
Cargo-handling – made easy
The 767 Freighter is equipped with powered cargo-handling equipment, both on the main deck and in lower holds. The cargo-handling system provides complete automation of the cargo-loading process, with the operator’s interface through control panels and joysticks. The freighter’s main deck has both interior and exterior master control panels as well as local control panels to provide maximum flexibility.
The cargo-handling system’s power-drive units move the cargo containers into and out of the airplane and are equipped with high-tech sensors. The sensor information is fed back to the system’s microprocessor-based controllers, which move only the power-drive units necessary to load each container, preventing wear and tear on the equipment and improving reliability. Another advantage is that the power-drive units weigh less than those used on previous airplanes.
A unique feature of the cargo-handling system is the extensive use of built-in test equipment, or BITE, which allows troubleshooting in the event of a system problem. This function not only detects and isolates controller faults, it also provides the maintenance operator with a series of automated tests to isolate other system faults.
Environmental control system changes make the airplane suitable for transporting live animals and perishable goods. Plenty of fresh air is delivered to the cargo areas, and temperatures can be controlled to cool or heat the freight appropriately.