JAL saving fuel with new lightweight cargo containers
Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00
Japan Airlines is now using 480 new lightweight cargo containers on its international routes.
The new cargo container weighs 58 kg, which is 41 kg less than the previous aluminum container the airline was using.
The new container is made of synthetic resin in a honeycomb structure that gives it more durability than the aluminum one.
A maximum of 44 containers of the same size can be loaded on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft resulting in a weight saving of 1,804 kg less than the previous containers used.
Fuel consumption can be reduced by 800 litres for a one-way trip if these new containers are used on Narita-New York route.
Additionally, using high-intensity materials can also reduce the frequency of its repairs which is expected to further improve cost efficiency.