Lufthansa Cargo launches Opticooler

Lufthansa Cargo has expanded its portfolio of ULD’s for the transportation of temperature-sensitive airfreight with the introduction of the Opticooler which has been specifically designed for timesensitive medical and pharmaceutical products. The cooling container, which reportedly has a price tag of €50,000, has been jointly developed with German specialist equipment manufacturer Dokasch. Lufthansa Cargo has […]


Lufthansa Cargo has expanded its portfolio of ULD’s for the transportation of temperature-sensitive airfreight with the introduction of the Opticooler which has been specifically designed for timesensitive medical and pharmaceutical products. The cooling container, which reportedly has a price tag of €50,000, has been jointly developed with German specialist equipment manufacturer Dokasch.

Lufthansa Cargo has placed an initial order of 40 units which can be fitted with an RFID tags for security. The airline said it is also looking at installing a real-time tracking feature in the units. According to the cargo airline, the new Opticooler container offers greater reliability than other models, by keeping temperatures within a range of +2 to +30 Celsius using compressor technology which requires just electricity, rather than dry ice. The use of electricity also means that the Opticooler is ideal for transporting goods that must not come into contact with carbon dioxide, Lufthansa Cargo said in a statement.

Transportation of temperature sensitive cargo is a highly demanding operation for cargo airlines. With outside temperatures at airports they serve ranging from minus 30 to plus 40 degrees Celsius, they need to be equipped with containers in which temperatures fluctuate only marginally so as to avert any damage to sensitive freight.