Luft Cargo and Jettainer start ULD pilot

Lufthansa Cargo and Jettainer have intiated a pilot scheme to test the impact of lightweight containers on the air cargo carrier’s environmental performance and transport costs. The trial of the new containers will provide information about their weight advantages and shed light on the behaviour of containers made of composite materials compared with their conventional […]


Lufthansa Cargo and Jettainer have intiated a pilot scheme to test the impact of lightweight containers on the air cargo carrier’s environmental performance and transport costs. The trial of the new containers will provide information about their weight advantages and shed light on the behaviour of containers made of composite materials compared with their conventional aluminium counterparts, the duo said.

For this purpose, a total of 1,000 containers from four manufacturers will be used in Lufthansa Cargo’s and Lufthansa’s global route networks.

“International aviation has used conventional aluminium containers for the transport of cargo and baggage for many decades. With the introduction of new lightweight containers made of composite materials, the global airline industry can reckon to deliver annual fuel savings in the upper double-digit million range,” said Jettainer’s managing director, Alexander Plümacher. He anticipates that the trial will provide forward-looking information on the potential for tangible savings in fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

“For many years now, Lufthansa Cargo has been working intensively on reducing its specifi c fuel consumption. In the past, we have implemented targeted measures to further lower our consumption and thus also the CO2 emissions of our fleet. Every kilogram less of weight on our aircraft saves kerosene – and so also lowers our costs,” explained Karl-Heinz Köpfle, Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Operations.