Nordisk wins 6,000 ULD order from Emirates
Nordisk Aviation Products, a subsidiary of AAR Corp., announced a new, three-year contract to supply nearly 6,000 Nordisk UltraLite AKE (LD3) and Nordisk TwinLite AKE (LD3) containers to Emirates Airline.
May 25, 2012
By Donald Urquhart
Nordisk Aviation Products, a subsidiary of AAR Corp., announced
a new, three-year contract to supply nearly 6,000 Nordisk UltraLite AKE (LD3) and Nordisk TwinLite AKE (LD3) containers to Emirates Airline. The agreement supports Emirates’ long-term
commitment to improve fuel efficiency through lighter-weight Unit Load Devices (ULDs) without comprising structural integrity.
“Emirates has been committed to reducing the ULD tare weight of a number of years and we have been actively seeking suppliers who can help us to achieve our goal. At only 56 kg the Nordisk UltraLite AKE is by far the lightest alternative in the market today”,
said Clive Clemson, VP, Emirates Airport Services.
Emirates procured its first 700 UltraLite containers in 2004 with a tare weight, of 62 kgs. Since then, the airline has been testing different products from several vendors and has been steadily replacing its aluminium AKE fleet with the lower-tare-weight composite panel containers.
“With the delivery of this new order, half of Emirates’ AKE fleet will be lightweight composite panel containers, which will play an important role in optimising payload especially on our ultra long-range flights”, continued Clive Clemson. “Nordisk’s innovation
has enabled Emirates to set ourselves apart in the industry through improved fuel efficiency and state-of-the-art ULD design.”