From January 2023, Lufthansa Cargo will become the first airline to deploy lightweight transport nets to secure freight pallets. By using a special fiber, the new nets are 50 percent lighter than conventional nets, thereby saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions.
On Monday (December 12, 2022), Lufthansa Cargo announced that they will become the first airline to consistently use new lightweight transport nets for securing freight pallets from January 2023. Utilizing a special fiber, the new nets are 50 percent lighter than conventional nets, which will result in reduced fuel burn and lower CO2 emissions. The innovative 'Pallet Net Zero' nets are made by Amsafe Bridport, which Lufthansa Cargo will be using via their subsidiary Jettainer. The nets weigh between nine and eleven kilograms, with the reduced weight achieved by the high-tensile strength of the special fiber, which is also produced with renewable raw materials. The reduced weight will save Lufthansa Cargo around 140 tons of fuel and around 440 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
In today’s announcement, Lufthansa Cargo AG’s Chairman of the Executive Board, Dorothea von Boxberg, said,
"For us, the use of lightweight transport nets is another step on the path to reducing CO2emissions. We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of halving our CO2emissions per kilogram when flying by 2030. To achieve this, we need to take action on many fronts. Every measure counts. One of them is reducing the weight of our loading equipment. We are transporting goods all over the world - and are at home all over the world. That's why global responsibility and sustainable, forward-looking action are part of our DNA. Our goal for 2050 is to be 100 percent CO2-neutral in the air; on the ground, we want to have achieved this goal as early as 2030."
With revenue of €3.8 billion and 7.2 billion freight ton kilometers in 2021, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s leading air freight companies, employing approximately 4,200 team members worldwide. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in over 100 countries with a dedicated fleet of freighters, as well as belly-hold cargo capacity of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings Discover and SunExpress. In 2021, the company reached important milestones such as a fleet modernization to an all Boeing 777F widebody fleet, and the introduction of CO2 neutral freight transport for all customers. In 2022, the airline will equip their fleet of dedicated freighters with Sharkskin technology to reduce drag, and expand their SAF program to further reduce CO2 emissions. The company also operates an extensive road feeder service network. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and is the Group’s logistics specialist.
Source: Lufthansa Cargo/Mynewsdesk