The above heading is good news for Lufthansa.
No, LH Cargo has not lost a number of shipments or reduced cargo tonnages.
They have taken the decision to replace all of their present LD3 cargo containers with new and much lighter ones made from synthetic materials.
This new development in containers will in LH Cargo’s words greatly reduce fuel burn within its fleet and also run down so called greenhouse gas emissions as well.
LH Cargo has up to a half a million container movements every year and the new containers which each weigh fourteen kilos less than those presently in use, give the carrier a majestic saving of seven million kilos of container weight to be carried per annum.
In a nutshell, this means 2,000 tons less fuel burn per year and a reduction of the CO2 emission of 7,000 tons.
Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Director of Operations at LH Cargo states that the new containers are made up almost 100% of synthetic material, but are very robust and can take a lot of beating.
He further adds that, “with the complete changeover to the new LD3 containers, we come a big step nearer to ensuring that our CO2 emission will be reduced by the year 2020 with twenty-five-percent less than it was in 2005.”
Making air cargo “greener,” seems to be high on LH Cargo’s list of priorities.
John Mc Donagh