Aviation lessor GECAS said that it will offer Telair’s recently approved Flexible Loading System (FLS) to GECAS’ 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion customers on aircraft entering service this year. The system allows 737 operators to carry containerized cargo (baggage, mail and parcel freight) in the lower hold of the aircraft, along with bulk-loaded bags.
That sort of cargo has implications for e-commerce and express customers, allowing such cargo to be loaded into belly compartments more quickly and moving it through customers faster.
With thirty 737-800s conversions currently underway, deliveries will offer Telair’s equipment, beginning later this year.
“This system improves loading efficiency and adds flexibility, especially for combination, express and e-commerce operators. The new system enables them to interline the Telair containers and reduce bulk loading times,” said Richard Greener, senior vice president and manager of GECAS’ Cargo Aircraft Group. “The Flexible Loading System allows Telair’s containers to be preloaded and screened at the cargo sort facility and brought on board the aircraft using existing bulk-loading equipment.”
Telair will begin working with GECAS and the lessor’s customers to install the system in the second quarter of 2018.
Those interested in learning more about how emerging technologies will impact the airfreight industry are invited to join us at Cargo Facts Asia 2018 in Shanghai 23-25 April at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, where a round table panel will be dedicated to the topic. For more information, or to register, visit www.cargofactsasia.com