17 Apr 2020

This document outlines general guidance from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) on how airlines can get approval for the carriage of cargo in an airliner passenger cabin into, out of, and within New Zealand.

Any application for the carriage of cargo in an airliner passenger cabin should consider the health and safety of aircraft-loading staff, including their Covid-19 protection.

New Zealand Government guidance for Covid-19 requirements(external link)

Definitions and abbreviations

  • Air transport means the carriage of passengers or goods (cargo) by air for hire or reward.
  • Acceptable technical data (ATD) is defined in New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules (CAR), Part 21, Appendix D.
  • NAA means national aviation authority.
  • A supplemental type certificate (STC) is an NAA-approved major modification or repair to an existing type-certified aircraft, engine or propeller. As it adds to the existing aircraft type certificate, it is deemed ‘supplemental’.
  • OEM means original equipment manufacturer.

This document considers two types of operators from a regulatory and safety perspective: CAR Part 119 AOC holders, and foreign operators.

Part 119 AOC holders

  1. Part 119 AOC holders must already be approved for air transport cargo flights; either scheduled or charter. An application for the carriage of cargo in a passenger cabin would need to meet the following requirements:
    1. Cargo carried only in lower or baggage holds – no additional CAANZ approval required.
    2. The application from an operator also wanting to carry cargo in the passenger cabin, either with or without the removal of passenger seats, should provide:
      1. If aircraft type has ATD in accordance with CAR Part 21, Appendix D, evidence of airworthiness approval (eg, STC/OEM design change)
      2. If aircraft type does not have ATD or is not covered under Part 21, Appendix D, eg, EASA STCs:
        1. Either have a foreign airworthiness approval validation (eg, EASA STCs) or
        2. If no foreign airworthiness approval is available, initiate airworthiness approval process (CAANZ STC).

Foreign operators

  1. Foreign operators either holding a Part 129 FAOC or conducting an air transport operation to New Zealand, but not requiring a Part 129 FAOC in accordance with rule 129.1 (a) or (b), and wanting to carry cargo in a passenger cabin, would need to meet the following requirements:
    1. Cargo carried only in lower holds – no CAANZ acceptance required.
    2. Foreign operators also wanting to carry cargo in the passenger cabin must:
      1. Provide to the CAANZ the foreign operator’s NAA approval of the carriage of cargo in the passenger cabin.
      2. The CAANZ may then, for acceptance of the cargo operation in a passenger aircraft, request further information such as:
        1. NAA-approved operations instruction or manual that includes such things as the loading, distribution and tiedown of cargo, and instructions to the flight crew, cabin crew and loadmaster, on the carriage of cargo in the passenger cabin including DG prohibition and emergency procedures
        2. Training for personnel involved in the operation
        3. Evidence that the carriage of cargo in a passenger cabin follows international guidance, eg, IATA/ICAO
        4. Evidence of an airworthiness approval (eg, STC/OEM design change).