LATAM Airlines Group will reduce its C02 emissions by 10 thousand tons per year by changing containers
May 7, 2013
Santiago Chile, May 6th, 2013.- LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates announced the purchase of 3,517 ultra-light Kevlar® containers from Nordisk Aviation Products. These modern containers will replace all of those currently used in the company’s cargo operations as well as those of LAN CARGO and its affiliates, MasAir, LAN CARGO Colombia and TAM Cargo.
These air containers make it possible to transport large cargo volumes in a single unit, as well as helping to mobilize different types of cargo more rapidly, efficiently, and with greater security and control. The material used to manufacture the containers – Kevlar – has many advantageous properties, including high impact resistance and excellent stability when exposed to extreme temperatures. Kevlar® is 5 times stronger than the same amount of steel by weight, providing an ideal combination of ultra-lightness and strength.
“We are very happy with this new acquisition, as it represents a major investment being made by our companies –more than USD 9 million- that will yield savings in fuel and maintenance as well as reducing annual CO2 emissions by 10 million tons annually”, stated Fernando Poitevin, Vice-President of Operations for LAN CARGO.
The Kevlar® containers are 30% lighter than the current aluminum containers, and are made of the same material used to manufacture bulletproof vests as well as other products such as underwater cables and space vehicles, and in military applications, including the aeronautical industry.
This agreement supports the long-term commitment of LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates to improving fuel efficiency and thus lowering our environmental impact. The new containers will be used in several aircraft models included in LATAM fleets and those of its affiliates, including the Boeing 777F-300 cargo plane, one of the most modern and efficient aircraft in the industry.
December 20, 2012
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has being making significant progress in developing its KC-390, a future airlifter/tanker in the C-130J-class. The KC-390 will be powered by two turbofans and is expected to take its first flight in 2014. This week Embraer announced that Astronics, based in New York, will provide a complete exterior lighting system for the type. This will include lights for navigation, anti-collision, landing, taxiing, formation and aerial refuelling. The KC-390 is expected to enter service in 2016.
June 26, 2012
São Paulo, Brazil, June 26, 2012 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Embraer [NYSE: ERJ; BOVESPA: EMBR3] today announced an agreement to collaborate on the KC-390 aircraft program. Under this agreement, Boeing and Embraer will share some specific technical knowledge and evaluate markets where they may join their sales efforts for medium-lift military transport opportunities.
“Boeing has extensive experience in military transport and air refueling aircraft, as well as deep knowledge of potential markets for the KC-390, especially those which were not considered in our original marketing plan” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president and CEO of Embraer Defesa e Segurança. “This agreement will strengthen the KC-390’s prominent position in the global military transport market.”
The KC-390 collaboration is part of a broader agreement that Boeing and Embraer signed in April. The companies previously announced that they are exploring ways to cooperate in commercial airplane efficiency and safety, research and technology, and sustainable aviation biofuels. Boeing and Embraer will conduct a joint market assessment for the medium-lift military transport market and analyze business collaboration models. The market assessment includes potential customers that had not been considered in the initial market prospects for the KC-390.
“Embraer is a leading global innovator and we both understand the value of working in partnership to provide high-quality, affordable customer solutions,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “This collaboration matches Boeing’s proven excellence in military transport with Embraer’s KC-390 accomplishments to further advance this highly capable and efficient medium-lift aircraft.”
The KC-390 is a Brazilian Air Force project for which Embraer signed the development contract in April 2009. It is the biggest aircraft to be manufactured by the Brazilian aerospace industry and will set new standards in the medium-lift market in terms of performance, cargo capacity, flexibility, and life cycle costs.
Boeing has had a strong and enduring partnership with Brazil for 80 years, delivering the first F4B-4 fighters to the Brazilian government in 1932 and providing commercial airplanes to Brazilian airlines since 1960. Boeing opened its office in São Paulo in October 2011.
April 18, 2010
Aircraft’s payload capability of 70 tonnes is one tonne greater than expected
The A330-200F has been granted Type Certification today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) following a successful 200-hour flight-test campaign. The trials were performed by two aircraft, covering both engine types on offer: the Pratt and Whitney PW4000 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700.
This dedicated freighter aircraft, which is a derivative of the A330-200 passenger model, has been certified through an amendment to the existing A330-200 EASA Type Certificate granted to Airbus in 1998. This EASA award will be followed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Certification.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Toulouse, Christian Favre, A330/340 Chief Engineer said: “After a very smooth and successful flight test campaign we have reached certification in line with our planning. Moreover, thanks to some design optimisation, the aircraft’s payload capability of 70 tonnes is one tonne more than first expected.”
He added: “With the freighter market already showing signs of recovery, rising by 20 per cent so far this year, we now have a great new aircraft to offer customers,” he concluded.
The A330-200F features an optimised fuselage cross-section, offering flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes. The aircraft offers 30 per cent more volume than any freighter in its class, and is based on the proven and technologically-advanced A330 platform, for which Airbus has over 1,000 orders and already more than 650 aircraft in service.
Over 3,400 freighters will be needed in the next 20 years to cater for a 5.2 percent average annual growth rate. This will include around 1,600 mid-sized freighters, of which the A330-200F will play an important role.
November 22, 2009
EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) moved the first 747-8 Freighter out of the paint hangar in Everett, Wash., Tuesday night sporting a special “light” livery.
Painted white with blue accents, the 747-8 Freighter unveiled a new twist on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery. It features an oversized “8″ on the background of the tail as well as “747-8″ on the belly.
The light livery, which saves time and expense compared to the full Boeing livery, will remain on the airplane until the flight-test program is completed. After flight test, it will be refurbished and delivered to a customer.
The first freighter will begin preparing for the necessary tests leading up to first flight in early 2010.
November 13, 2009
The airplane begins preparations for flight test
EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA), on Thursday afternoon, towed the first 747-8 Freighter out of the factory in Everett, Wash. The airplane, ultimately destined for Cargolux, will be painted and begin preparations for flight test.
“It is very rewarding to see this airplane transition to the flight test phase,” said Mo Yahyavi, 747 program vice president and general manager. “Our employees, suppliers and customers have put a lot of work into making the 747-8 Freighter a reality.”
The 747-8 Freighter is the new high-capacity 747 that will give cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long, which is 18 feet and 4 inches (5.6 m) longer than the 747-400 Freighter. The stretch provides customers with 16 percent more revenue cargo volume compared to its predecessor. That translates to four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets.
Boeing has secured 105 orders for the 747-8, 78 of which are orders for the new freighter. Cargolux, Nippon Cargo Airlines, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Atlas Air, Cathay Pacific, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Emirates SkyCargo, Guggenheim and Korean Air all have placed orders for the 747-8 Freighter.
November 5, 2009
A330-200F: Allowing freight operators to adapt to evolving markets
The new dedicated Freighter variant of the successful A330 Family took to the skies today during a four hour maiden flight over Toulouse. This milestone marks the start of a 180 hour flight-test and certification campaign, and paves the way for first delivery of the type to launch operator, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in the summer of 2010.
The new A330-200F will offer freight customers greater range and a higher maximum payload with much lower unit costs compared with its closest competitor. The aircraft has already gained 67 firm orders with nine customers. In addition to these orders, the aircraft has been selected by a tenth customer — Turkish Airlines — following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for two A330-200Fs. Furthermore, there are other ongoing campaigns in progress where airlines are showing serious interest in the aircraft.
Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy said: “The efficient A330-200F is very well adapted to today’s market dynamics of rising fuel prices and increased pressure on yields.” He adds: “The A330-200F is the right aircraft at the right time. We are at the eve of a market recovery, and now is the time for airlines to prepare for future freight growth.”
Airbus sees the need for over 3,400 freighters in the next 20 years to cater for a 5.2% average annual growth rate. In turn, this will require around 1,600 mid-sized freighters, of which the A330-200F will play an important role.
With a greater payload than initially anticipated, the A330-200F offers two operational configurations depending on the planned mission. The aircraft can carry more than 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400km, or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930km – non-stop. These range and payload capabilities will enable operators to grow their business by opening up or extending cargo routes they currently operate. Thanks to an optimized fuselage cross-section, it has the interior flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes for maximum interlining capability, offering 30 per cent more volume than any freighter in its class.
Compared with the highly successful passenger A330-200, this new purpose-designed Freighter version has an increased maximum-zero-fuel weight (MZFW) of eight tonnes to allow for high-density cargo configuration transportation of 10lb/ft3. In addition, the aircraft features a reinforced fuselage plus new strengthened floor with a specially designed floor-grid for higher running loads.
The A330-200F is based on the proven, highly successful and technologically-advanced A330 platform, for which Airbus has received over 1,000 orders, and to date around 625 aircraft are in operational service.
September 28, 2009
— Los innovadores servicios de la empresa juegan un papel activo en el
creciente comercio mundial
— Un fuerte enfoque en el cliente es fundamental para el desarrollo de
soluciones líderes en la industria
— El espíritu de innovación encaminará a la empresa a través de las
PLANTATION, Florida, 28 de septiembre /PRNewswire/ — Citando el espíritu
pionero de la empresa, un sólido enfoque en el cliente y un papel fundamental
en la facilitación del comercio exterior, Frank Appel, Director Ejecutivo de
Deutsche Post DHL, narró el secreto del éxito de DHL en el momento en que el
principal proveedor mundial de servicios exprés y de logística celebró su 40º
aniversario el 25 de Septiembre de 2009.
“En 1969, tres hombres se propusieron hacer lo imposible y conquistaron la
luna. Unos cuantos meses después, Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom y Robert Lynn
fundaron DHL e hicieron más pequeño al mundo”, apuntó Appel. “DHL fue pionero
en la industria de envíos exprés internacionales, haciendo posible que los
documentos llegaran a los destinatarios de un día para el otro, en lugar de en
La compañía exprés rápidamente creció para abarcar transportación global y
gestión de cadena de suministro, a través de la integración estratégica del
importante transportista Danzas Air & Ocean en 2002 y el experto en cadena de
suministro y logística Exel en 2005. Fue así que DHL pudo ofrecer una
exhaustiva suite de servicios a través de una inigualable red global que
abarca más de 220 países y territorios. Hoy, DHL es el principal proveedor de
la industria en sus varios segmentos: No. 1 en carga aérea y marítima; No. 1
en envíos exprés internacionales; No. 1 en logística de contrato; y No. 2 en
carga terrestre en Europa.
Al ofrecer inicialmente un servicio revolucionario – la entrega
internacional puerta a puerta de documentación sensible al tiempo – DHL
permitió a las empresas y organizaciones alrededor del mundo desarrollar su
negocio y ampliar su impacto, estimulando invariablemente el comercio mundial
y haciendo al mundo más pequeño día con día.
DHL también continuamente reinventó el negocio de la logística a través de
la introducción de novedosos procesos que se han convertido en benchmarks de
la industria, incluyendo el uso de identificación por radio frecuencia para
gestión de inventario y un sistema de rastreo técnicamente avanzado que
monitorea y, de ser necesario, redirige envíos en tiempo real en cualquier
parte del mundo.
DHL también inauguró el Centro de Innovación en 2007, primero en su tipo,
para desarrollar soluciones de logística altamente innovadoras y
comercializables, así como flexibles y ecológicamente responsables. También
estableció las Soluciones Globales para Clientes, las cuales proporcionan
soluciones muy personalizadas a clientes clave para satisfacer globalmente
todas sus necesidades de logística.
La empresa fue la primera en ofrecer a los clientes una opción más
ecológica de envío de paquetes a todo el mundo a través de los Green Services
de DHL, los cuales buscan compensar las emisiones de carbono de los diversos
vehículos de entrega de la empresa. En 2008, DHL se convirtió en la primera
empresa de logística exprés en hacer un firme compromiso público de mejorar su
eficiencia de carbono en un 30 por ciento para 2020.
En el corazón de estos innovadores desarrollos está el infalible enfoque
de la empresa en usar efectivamente la tecnología más moderna para responder a
las necesidades de sus clientes. Señaló Frank Appel: “Muy al principio
reconocimos que el éxito de la empresa radica no solamente en escuchar lo que
nuestros clientes desean sino, más importante, en responder rápida y
efectivamente. Frecuentemente anticipamos lo que nuestros clientes quieren y
respondemos aun antes de que nos lo pidan”.
Impulsado por este principio, durante la Guerra Fría DHL estableció rutas
comerciales a países como Rusia y China. Cuando la cortina de hierro cayó, DHL
pudo proporcionar de manera instantánea apoyo masivo a un sinnúmero de
empresas que entraban a estos “nuevos” mercados a través de su profundo
conocimiento y capacidades logísticas. Las empresas locales también se
beneficiaron, ya que potenciaron nuevas rutas comerciales para exportar sus
productos a un mercado global.
DHL continúa abriendo nuevos caminos al establecer claras posiciones de
liderazgo de mercado en varios mercados emergentes tales como las economías
BRIC – Brasil, Rusia, India y China – las cuales se consideran detonadores del
futuro crecimiento del desarrollo comercial.
Appel concluye: “Nuestros empleados y clientes han llevado a DHL a donde
está hoy en día. A través de ellos, estamos determinado a sostener nuestro
espíritu pionero, el cual por muchos años nos ha permitido ofrecer soluciones
que ayudan a nuestros clientes a alcanzar sus metas. Al fomentar proactiva y
continuamente un innovador pensamiento práctico, confiamos que podremos
sobreponernos a la actual situación económica y que estamos bien posicionados
para sostener nuestro liderazgo mundial del mercado, ahora y durante muchas
décadas por venir”.
September 25, 2009
More Airbus freighters ordered for future expansion
MNG Airlines, the largest Turkish all-cargo operator, has placed a follow-on order with Airbus for two more A330-200Fs to support its expanding cargo operations. These aircraft are in addition to the two firm orders for the A330-200F which the carrier placed in 2007, bringing its total orders for the type now to four aircraft and reaffirming its confidence in the type to expand its network as the freighter market gradually rebounds.
Established in February 1996, MNG Airlines initially began to provide scheduled cargo services in November 1997 to Hahn (Germany) and Stansted (UK). Today, MNG Airlines has a fleet which includes nine Airbus A300Fs. Moreover, the new A330-200Fs will enable MNG Airlines to supplement its A300s while expanding operations on its trunk routes with lower cost-per-tonne, not only within Europe, but also to Middle East, Asia, China and USA.
“We are pleased to add to our previous order for the A330-200F, so we can start implementing our growth strategy when the worldwide freighter market recovers from the recession,” said Mehmet Nazif Günal, founder and Chairman of MNG Companies Group. “We are fully convinced that the A330-200 Freighter aircraft, the newest member of the A330/A340 family, is the right aircraft to contribute to achieving our goals, and allow us to operate the most modern and efficient fleet of cargo aircraft in Turkey.”
Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy said, “The A330-200F is the right aircraft at the right time. We are at the eve of a market recovery, and now is the time for airlines to prepare for future freight growth.”
With a superior payload than initially anticipated, the A330-200F offers two operational configurations depending on the planned mission. The aircraft can carry up to 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400 km, or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930 km – non-stop. These range and payload capabilities will enable operators to grow their business by opening up or extending cargo routes they currently operate. Thanks to an optimized fuselage cross-section, it has the interior flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes for maximum interlining capability, offering 30 per cent more volume than any freighter in its class.
September 23, 2009
New twinjet freighter to improve operational and environmental performance
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and FedEx Express today celebrated the delivery of the world’s largest air cargo carrier’s first 777 Freighter. The world’s largest and most capable twinjet freighter will help FedEx Express deliver more cargo even faster, allowing the carrier to offer customers greater flexibility.
This is Boeing’s ninth 777 Freighter delivery and marks the first 777 Freighter to enter service with a U.S.-based global freight carrier.
“The 777F is a game changer,” said Michael L. Ducker, president, International, FedEx Express. “Its operational efficiencies and environmental benefits alone are impressive, but combine those advantages with the service improvements it delivers and FedEx Express will be able to take international shipping to another level. Our customers around the world will benefit from more point-to-point routes and the shorter flight times, increasing their competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
With the 777 Freighter, transit times from points in Asia to the FedEx hub in Memphis, Tenn., for example, will drop by one to three hours compared with the MD-11 Freighter. This will allow FedEx to accept packages from its customers later in the day and still deliver them on time.
“The 777 Freighter will have a unique role for FedEx Express, providing exceptional range that brings new efficiency to the airline and its customers,” said Kevin Schemm, vice president, North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777 Freighter will allow FedEx Express to operate point-to-point routes that save valuable flying time, coupled with outstanding fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility.”
In the FedEx Express operation, the 777 Freighter can fly 5,800 nautical miles (6,675 statute miles, 10,740 km), an increase of 2,100 nautical miles (2,410 statute miles, 3,890 km) versus the airline’s MD-11 Freighter fleet. The FedEx 777 Freighter has a revenue payload capacity of 215,000 pounds (97.5 metric tons), a 37,000-pound (16.7-metric-ton) increase over the MD-11 Freighter.
The 777 Freighter uses 18 percent less fuel than the MD-11 Freighter on comparable FedEx Express routes, reduces maintenance cost and provides quieter takeoffs and landings that meet airport noise standards.
Some 58 customers have ordered more than 1,100 777s, including 71 777 Freighters.