Thursday , 24 September 2020

Spotting images: Deccan 360 Airbus A310-324 passenger converted freighter at Bangalore

Last Saturday we got a “heads-up” that Capt. Gopinath’s new cargo airline Deccan 360 had sent one of it freighters to Bangalore for flying practice.

At the old HAL airport we caught VT-AIO doing touch and go’s.

This plane commenced it’s career as 9V-STE with Singapore Airlines in 1994. In 2005 it was leased to Air India and was re-registered as VT-AIO. The plane was named after the river “Vaigai

In 2008 it was sent to Dresden in the former East Germany to be converted in to a freighter by EADS, EFW (Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH).

The conversion itself takes approximately four months. After removal of all structural and system components that are no longer needed such as seats or floor structures, the new freighter kits are installed. These conversion kits consist of a cargo door which is 141 inch wide and 101 inch high, and the related structural parts. The cabin floor designed for passengers is replaced by a new floor structure with higher strength. Ball mats and roller tracks for loading of containers complement the conversion of the floor structure. Necessary adjustments and completions of the aircraft systems are carried out.

VT-AIO now bears the bright eye catching livery of Deccan 360. Enjoy the images. Click on the images for a high resolution view.

Deccan 360 Airbus A310-324F freighter VT-AIO Bangalore HAL airport
Deccan 360 Airbus A310-324F freighter VT-AIO Bangalore HAL airport

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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