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Page 4 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC 2017- JANUARY 2018 DHL Express receives first P2F A330-300 DHL Express has become the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. The delivery, which took place at EFW’s freighter conversion facilities in Dresden, followed the successful completion of test flights in October and awarding of the Supplemental Type Cer- tificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November. The carrier has placed firm orders for eight A330-300P2F units, with options for another 10. Geoff Kehr, svp Global Air Fleet Management, DHL Express said: “The first aircraft is scheduled to strengthen our Asia Pacific air network, bringing added capacity and increased efficiency to a mar- ket where we are seeing dynamic express volume growth.” “We are confident that this new-generation and efficient mid- sized freighter will bring signifi- cant benefits to DHL’s internation- al express operations,” said Chris- topher Buckley, Airbus evp sales. “With its large internal volume and unbeatable economics, the A330-300P2F allows operators to step up capacity in markets where existing mid-sized freighters are becoming too small. "The A330P2F program has two variants – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. The latter is used for the international express B2B and e-commerce cargo markets, which typically have a higher volume and lower density. The aircraft can carry up to 62 tonnes over 3,650 nautical miles, while offering 20 per cent more cargo volume and lower cost-per-tonne than other availa- ble freighter aircraft types with a similar range.” cover From reusable cargo containers to recycled shrink wrap, American goes the extra mile MANY airlines globally are working to reduce their carbon footprint and to reduce waste, but American Airlines Cargo goes further than some – and it has now revealed details of its ‘green’ commitment. The airline says it now deploys more than 5,000 reusable light- weight composite cargo contain- ers, reducing weight and saving more than one million gallons of fuel every year. Its 777-300 air- craft burn one-third less fuel than 747s, and it claims to emit 20 per cent less CO2 than its nearest competitor. American’s cargo stations re- cycle about 38,555 kilograms of shrink-wrap every year, equivalent to 1.2 million water bottles. It also works with biofuel com- panies to improve fuel consump- tion economics, especially in the international markets where flights are much longer. “As a global cargo carrier, we’re committed to finding new and better ways to ensure we’re running a sustainable operation, whether that’s by reducing our carbon footprint through new tools and technology, or simply recycling the plastic materials we use daily to protect and package our shipments,” said David Vance, vice president – Cargo Opera- tions. At its US hubs, staff are involved in multiple initiatives. At Chicago O’Hare, the ‘Green Team’ collects used cabin service items and amenity kits to do- nate to charity. They also collect electronic waste like used tvs, for recycling and only use electric tractors and forklifts, which mini- mises gas emissions. The Dallas Fort-Worth hub re- cycles nearly 100 per cent of the plastic used for shipping cargo. And by the start of 2018, DFW will use 100 per cent renewable electricity at the facility. At New York John F. Kennedy, the staff put broken skids through a chipper and grind them into mulch, while the Miami hub has its own dedicated green co-ordi- nator. Additionally, its team recy- cles 13,600 kilograms of paper, magazines, wood skids and plastic every month.