SkyTeam Cargo introduces new lightweight pallet

Source: SkyTeam Cargo

Air cargo alliance SkyTeam Cargo has introduced a new paper-based cargo pallet that it claims will help reduce costs.

The pallet was developed by TRIP&CO and is European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved.

The paper-based pallets can replace wood and plastic, euro and block pallets and weigh between 10-15 kg less.

They are made from 94% recycled fibers are humidity resistant and comply with ISPM 15 standards (a pallet industry standard). 

The alliance claimed the lower weight helps reduce aircraft weight, saving cost and cutting emissions.

“Unlike Euro pallets, the new carton pallets can be used multiple times, depending on handling and usage, reducing wood consumption, waste and emissions,” SkyTeam said.

The pallet was successfully trialled last year by SkyTeam Cargo members, Air France Cargo and KLM Cargo during SkyTeam’s annual flight challenge, which brings together member airlines to find new ways to cut aviation’s footprint across all areas of operations, including cargo.

John Engelaan, vice president at SkyTeam Cargo, said: “The latest version of our carton pallet not only cuts costs, but also has the potential to significantly cut emissions – something the air cargo industry is striving towards.

“Substituting one-way Euro pallets for SkyTeam’s multiple-use carton pallets could reduce the industry’s wood consumption, weight and emissions.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]