Inside Logistics

Lufthansa Cargo now using all lightweight containers

June 2, 2014

FRANKFURT, Ger.–All of the LD3 containers used by Lufthansa Cargo are now the lightweight versions. According to a release, the LD3 standard containers produced using lighter composite materials are helping to radically reduce fuel consumption and emissions at Lufthansa Cargo.

With some 500,000 container movements per year, the 14 kg difference over conventional containers amounts to a weight saving of 7 million kg. Therefore, using these flyweight containers to transport cargo and luggage will reduce fuel consumption by 2,000 tonnes and CO2 emissions by a good 7,000 tonnes per year, said Lufthansa Cargo.

 “The new, lighter containers are still extremely robust and strong in spite of being almost completely made of plastic.Replacing all of our LD3 standard containers brings us a good deal closer to our goal of reducing our specific CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2020 compared to 2005. We want to continue to fulfil our role as an industry leader in the future as well and help make air freight greener through innovative and modern technologies,” said Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo.