Kevlar containers will save LATAM $3.2m a year

09 / 05 / 2013

  • LATAM Airlines Group is replacing its entire stock of cargo containers with ultra-light Kevlar containers

    LATAM Airlines Group is replacing its entire stock of cargo containers with ultra-light Kevlar containers

LATAM Airlines Group will reduce its CO2 emissions by 10 thousand tonnes a year by replacing its entire stock of cargo containers.

A new inventory of 3,517 ultra-light Kevlar containers will also save one million gallons of fuel and reduce the carrier’s overhead by as much as US$3.2 million a year.

The replacement containers are 30 per cent lighter than the current aluminum versions, are made of the same material used to manufacture bulletproof vests and are five times stronger than a steel equivalent.

The airline group has invested $9.3 million in purchasing the new containers from Nordisk Aviation.

Kevlar has many advantageous properties, including high impact resistance and excellent stability when exposed to extreme temperatures, thus providing an ideal combination of ultra lightness and strength.