Swiss WorldCargo partners to launch sustainable airfreight ULD

Photo: BPL

Swiss WorldCargo, Swiss Airtainer, and BPL – BIOTECH & PHARMA LOGISTICS have partnered to launch a sustainable airfreight ULD for medicine that weights less than its counterparts, resulting in less fuel consumption.

Swiss Airtainer’s ‘Osprey’ container is 40% lighter (250kgs) compared to similar models on the market, enabling a more cost-efficient and sustainable solution with a 45% CO2 reduction, according to the company’s website.

The ULD features integrated solar panels, and a full redundant temperature control system that increases reliability, avoids temperature excursions and improves risk mitigation.​

Built-in compressor technology allows for high precision temperature management (+/- 0.5° C in extreme environmental conditions).

The ULD is i​ntegrated with 18 sensors for temperature mapping, humidity, shock, vibration, door opening, payload detector, and positioning.

The container also features a real-time IoT system, two-way communications with data integrity, timestamps and full traceability.

In a LinkedIn post on April 12, Swiss WorldCargo, said: “We recently shipped our first container from Basel via Zurich to San Francisco, marking a milestone in the transportation of vital medical supplies.
“At Swiss WorldCargo, we understand that sustainability is not only important for the next generations but also for the future of SWISS and Swiss WorldCargo. We are highly committed to proactively progressing the mobility of goods and air travel into a more sustainable future.

“By creating alliances and supporting initiatives like these, we aim to boost technology development and actively contribute to scaling climate technologies necessary to achieve our industry’s ambitious climate targets.
“We are proud to be part of this revolutionary step forward in the transportation of life-saving medicine and look forward to further developments in sustainable logistics.”

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]