RVL Group introduces King Air ‘Quick Change’ to increase cargo capacity
24 September 2020 – Specialist aviation services provider RVL, based at the expanding East Midlands Airport cargo hub, took delivery of its new Beechcraft King Air B200 aircraft in May. The aircraft’s capabilities have now been enhanced with the addition of a ‘quick-change cargo system’ developed by leading USA manufacturer Aerospace Resources.
The new system allows the King Air to be converted from passenger to cargo aircraft configuration in under 60 minutes. The transformation permits the stowage of up to 1500lb of cargo.
“The new system adds significantly to RVL’s flexibility, not only increasing our overall freight capacity but also providing us with a cargo aircraft which is quicker, and with a greater range, as well as one better able to operate in poor weather,” said the airline’s Head of Business Development, David Lacy.
“The Aerospace Resources conversion system provides us with the flexibility to carry time-critical, high-value, low-volume goods – very much an expanding market – and afterwards rapidly return the King Air to its standard eight-seat commuter configuration.”
The new aircraft is the fourth King Air in operation with RVL. It is the only eight-seater (Covid-19 regulations and social-distancing permitting) commuter configured King Air B200 available for charter in the UK (most have a maximum capacity of seven) and has seen extensive use since its fleet arrival, moving business travellers, medical teams and engineering crews.