Telair unveils ultralightweight new ULD

Telair International, a subsidiary of AAR Corp after it and Nordisk Aviation Products were aquired from Teleflex Incorporated late last year, has introduced an innovative new nonmetallic RFID-capable Unit Load Device (ULD) product that provides increased tracking capabilities and potential cost benefits to airlines by enhancing fuel efficiency and revenue generation per flight.


Telair unveils ultralightweight new ULD


Telair International, a subsidiary of AAR Corp after it and Nordisk Aviation Products were aquired from Teleflex Incorporated late last year, has introduced an innovative new nonmetallic RFID-capable Unit Load Device (ULD) product that provides increased tracking capabilities and potential cost benefits to airlines by enhancing fuel efficiency and revenue generation per flight.

The CAEROe ULD weighs 30 per cent less than the lightest ULDs available on the market today and as much as 50 per cent lighter than ULDs made of aluminum, according to Telair. The ULD is designed using fiber reinformed materials combined with new production technology, enabling better RFID tracking, including its contents, which is more difficult with ULDs that use all or some metal in the construction. The containers are ‘e-enabled’ to provide electronic interfacing and communication technology consistent with Telair’s cargo and warehouse systems.

Telair said the CAEROe ULDs would result in weight savings of up to 2,713 kg per aircraft per flight on a B747-8F with a full ship set of PMC pallets and up to 1,579 kg weight savings per aircraft per flight with a full ship set of AKE containers.

“The CAEROe offers a new alternative to traditional and heavier ULDs, and has the potential to revolutionise the ULD market,” said Axel Hauner, president of Telair International, Miesbach, Germany. For instance, the weight savings on a B747-8F platform could generate fuel savings of as much as US$250,000 per aircraft, per year, he added.