04 Jun 2013 09:00
Etihad Airways and Jettainer have partnered to launch a new lightweight and double-width Unit Load Device (ULD), known as type ALF.
traditional double-width ULDs which typically weigh in at 196 kilograms, the
new ALF model is almost 34 per cent lighter at 130 kilograms, a saving of 66
kilograms per unit, and a potential weight saving of 116 kilograms per flight.
Etihad Airways will
take delivery of 250 of the new ULDs this year, and the airline estimates that
the significant weight reduction will result in fuel savings in the order of
US$350,000 in 2013 and approximately US$1.1 million in 2014.
Projected cuts in CO2
carbon emissions are 1,100 tons for 2013 and 4,000 tons for 2014.
The certified ULDs
have been developed by Zodiac Aerospace Air Cargo Equipment and are manufactured
from a range of composite materials which guarantee strength.
David Kerr, Etihad
Airways Vice President Cargo, said: “The
introduction of these lightweight double-width units into our passenger and
cargo operations is evidence of our innovative approach to sustainable
logistics and ensures that our services remain among the best in the world.
“Being more efficient
in our operations, lowering our fuel burn, reducing our CO2 impact, and
optimising our costs will continue to drive our business in the years ahead,
and we look forward to working with Jettainer and its manufacturers to identify
further opportunities for weight savings initiatives.”
Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH, added: “We will continue to work with
partners such as Etihad Airway and Zodiac Aerospace Air Cargo Equipment in
order to further improve our products. We aim for exploring additional weight
saving opportunities which will enable us to enrich our customer’s ULD fleets
by even lighter units in the future.”
caption: The new double-width ULD awaits
loading at Frankfurt International Airport.