October 5, 2012
Finnair saves fuel, emissions with lighter air cargo containers
Finnair has selected Nordisk Aviation Products to provide its wide-body aircraft with lightweight unit load devices (ULDs), which will result in improved fuel economy and significant reductions in CO2 emissions. The move is part of Finnair’s “weight watchers” drive to improve fuel efficiency and help meet emissions reduction targets by minimising aircraft weight. The Nordisk UltraLite AKE containers, used for efficiently storing cargo and luggage, weigh 55 kilograms, about 25 kilograms lighter than Finnair’s current ULDs. The new containers will save approximately 800,000 kilograms in fuel and more than 2.5 million kilograms of CO2 annually. The super strong, lightweight container panels are made from a process using the same materials found in bulletproof vests and aircraft cockpit doors. Finnair is expected to take delivery of the new ULDs by the end of this year.