Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo are moving to partially replace their ULD fleet, starting in the third quarter this year, with new containers made of a light plastic material. Initially the smaller containers, which are transported on the under-floor deck of passenger and cargo aircraft, will be replaced by 2015. The new containers are up to 15 per cent lighter which translates to reduced kerosene consumption by about 2,180 tonnes per year which will also save 6,867 tonnes of CO2. A total of 5,000 containers are being replaced. Following testing by Lufthansa Cargo and its ULD management subsidiary, Jettainer, it was determined the new lightweight containers need fewer repairs than conventional aluminum ULDs and satisfy all the necessary standards, the carrier said.