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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 541 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.


Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 639 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.


Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 195 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.


Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 162 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.


Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 111 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.


ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 78 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.


Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 78 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).


Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 74 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.


A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 65 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.


Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 64 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.


GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 40 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.


Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 53 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.


KLM UK Engineering opens aircraft dismantling & recycling solutions centre

January 7, 2014 · 41 Views

KLM UK Engineering, the Norwich based regional and narrow body aircraft MRO provider, a KLM subsidiary operating within the AFI KLM E&M network, has unveiled its brand new facility for the dismantling and recycling of aircraft. The recycling solutions centre was declared open on December 11th. The new facility is unique to East Anglia and is believed to be one of a handful of aircraft recycling centres in Europe. The development offers a cradle-to-cradle service for a whole range of aircraft including Boeing 737s, Airbus A320s, Fokker50/70/100s and BAe 146/Avro RJs. KLM UK Engineering is now licensed to service aircraft from the day they commence operations until they are removed from service, a potential time frame of 20 years or 18 million air miles.


Darwin Airline awards maintenance contract to Volga-Dnepr Technics in Germany

January 7, 2014 · 37 Views

Volga-Dnepr Technics (VDT) in Germany has entered into a contract with Swiss air carrier Darwin Airline for aircraft maintenance support at Leipzig/Halle Airport. The contract provides for the use of Volga-Dnepr Technics’ hangar facilities and equipment to carry out maintenance checks on the SAAB 2000s aircraft operated by Darwin Airline as well as the provision of certified personnel. The agreement also includes a provision for Volga-Dnepr Technics to respond in any AOG (Aircraft on Ground) situations. In winter time the aircraft will be services in the hangar and Volga-Dnepr Technics is also leasing office and warehouse areas to Darwin Airline.


GGAC choose Commsoft’s OASES to maintain Boeing and Airbus fleet

January 7, 2014 · 5 Views

Commsoft has signed a 2 year, 3 concurrent users’ contract with GGAC Aviation Consultants for the use of OASES. OASES, designed to combine ease of use with a technical sophistication that allows for the full integration of all maintenance and engineering functions, is structured in a modular format and GGAC will be using the following modules: Core, Airworthiness, Planning and Materials Management. GGAC is providing fleet management support for a small fleet of Boeing 737 ‘classic’ and Airbus aircraft, working both with lessors and a major European airline.


ATR and Royal Air Maroc sign Global Maintenance Agreement

January 7, 2014 · 30 Views

The European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft ATR and the national Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc announce the signature of a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) for the airline’s new fleet of ATR ‘-600′ aircraft. Signed for an initial period of four years, the contract covers the four ATR 72-600s already owned by the airline. Having received its first ATR 72-600 in August 2011, Royal Air Maroc was the first operator in the world to operate the aircraft. As set out in this GMA contract, ATR will manage all aspects of maintenance and repair for some equipment for the airline’s ATR ‘-600′ fleet. This equipment includes LRUs and propeller blades. By signing this contract, ATR guarantees Royal Air Maroc the permanent availability of these spare parts from its logistics center in Paris. The airline will also use ATR exclusively for all of its maintenance procedures, thus benefitting from the manufacturer’s expertise. This will have a positive impact on maintenance costs per flight hour.


Avia Solutions Group to develop and manage fourth Moscow airport

January 7, 2014 · 32 Views

Avia Solutions Group, a WSE listed global provider of one-stop-shop aviation business solutions, has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the largest Russian state-owned holding company Rostec. Both companies have agreed upon establishing a joint business venture and implementing the project of the development and management of the fourth Moscow airport hub on the basis of existing Ramenskoye aerodrome. Avia Solutions Group is to invest 1.0bn RUB (over US$ 30m) into the company’s share capital and control up to 75% of the newly established company stocks. The Russian industrial giant Rostec will contribute to the project by bringing in the land and real estate currently under its ownership in the territory of Ramenskoye aerodrome. In seven years’ time the total investment into the development of the fourth airport in Moscow is expected to top US$236m. Avia Solutions Group together with Rostec, which currently unites more than 600 companies and employs over a million people, will conduct the Ramenskoye development project in three stages, planned to be completed in 2014-2019. At the moment the airfield of Ramenskoye, also known under the name of Zhukovsky, has two landing strips one of which is the longest in Europe (5.4 km). In order to transform the airfield into a full-fledged international airport the company needs to build a passenger handling complex and establish all the appropriate services. Therefore, in the first stage of development the existing facilities of Ramenskoye aerodrome will be supplemented with a brand new 7000 m² passenger handling terminal (capable of serving up to 1.8 million of passengers per year) as well as short-term and long-term parking facilities. Avia Solutions Group has embarked on establishing all the required airport services as well as taking care of all the relevant licenses and permits. The first Russian airport specifically built to serve low cost carriers will start its activity as early as in the summer of 2015.


flydubai finalizes order for 75 737 MAXs

January 7, 2014 · 33 Views

Boeing and flydubai finalized an order for 75 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at $8.8bn at list prices. In addition, the airline retains purchase rights for 25 more 737 MAXs. The order was first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, making it Boeing’s largest single-aisle airplane order in the Middle East.


Air Canada reports December load factor of 83%

January 7, 2014 · 28 Views

Air Canada reported a system load factor of 82.7%, versus 82.1% in December 2013, an increase of 0.6 points. System traffic increased 4.8% on a system-wide capacity increase of 4.0%t. For the full year 2013, load factor was a record 82.8% versus 82.7%, an increase of 0.1 percentage points.


Republic Airways reports December 2013 traffic

January 7, 2014 · 27 Views

Republic Airways Holdings reported that December traffic increased 10% over the same period in 2012 on a 7% increase in capacity. The load factor for the month was up 3.0 points to 79% when compared to the previous year.


Cathay Pacific orders GE-powered Boeing aircraft

January 7, 2014 · 34 Views

Cathay Pacific Airways ordered three GE90-115B-powered 777-300ERs and one GEnx-2B-powered 747-8 Freighter. Cathay Pacific also signed a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul of these engines. This order follows the decision from Cathay Pacific to become Asia-Pacific’s first 777X customer with orders for 21 GE9X-powered Boeing 777-9X aircraft.


Comtek to manufacture floor panels for Bombardier Aerospace’s Global 7000/8000 aircraft

January 7, 2014 · 31 Views

Comtek Advanced Structures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avcorp Industries, has been awarded a contract to design and manufacture the floor panels on Bombardier Aerospace’s Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. Comtek will commence design engineering in early 2014. Comtek currently supplies floor panels to Bombardier Aerospace for the CRJ700, CRJ900, CRJ1000, Q400 and Learjet 85 aircraft and also provides aftermarket supply to aircraft operators.


AeroRepair awarded Air Wisconsin wheel and tire support contract

January 8, 2014 · 24 Views

AeroRepair Corp has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide wheel and tire support for Air Wisconsin Airlines’ fleet of 71 Bombardier CRJ-200 Aircraft. The contract requires the total wheel and tire repair and overhaul, associated spares and logistics support for Air Wisconsin’s hubs located at Philadelphia, Washington DC – National and Charlotte, NC and aircraft maintenance bases in Norfolk, VA, Columbia, SC, Milwaukee, WI and Hot Springs, AK. Services are to be performed and managed at AeroRepair’s Londonderry, NH FAR Part 145 Repair Station, and at a new AeroRepair satellite facility to be announced. AeroRepair also supports Air Wisconsin’s CRJ-200 Brake repair and overhaul.


Finnair reports decreased traffic for December 2013

January 8, 2014 · 20 Views

In December, Finnair traffic decreased by 2.7% and the overall capacity decreased 0.9% year‐on‐year. Passenger load factor decreased by 1.4 points and was 75.8%.


FL Technics Jets adds Bombardier CL-600-2B19 family aircraft to capability list

January 8, 2014 · 21 Views

FL Technics Jets, a global provider of tailor-made maintenance, repair and overhaul services for business aviation has been granted certificate of approval to provide line and base maintenance services for Bombardier CL-600-2B19 family aircraft. The company has therefore added new aircraft type – a popular Bombardier CRJ100/200/440 and a CRJ200-derived high-class Bombardier Challenger 850 business aircraft to its EASA Part-145 certificate.


Rockwell Collins names Standerski to lead new Information Management Services business

January 8, 2014 · 16 Views

Rockwell Collins reported that its acquisition of ARINC Incorporated will serve as the foundation of a new Information Management Services (IMS) business that combines ARINC with Rockwell Collins’ Flight Information Solutions business and its Ascend family of products and services. Jeff Standerski has been appointed senior vice president of Information Management Services. The new business will report to Rockwell Collins CEO and President Kelly Ortberg, along with the company’s existing Commercial Systems and Government Systems businesses.


Southwest Airlines reports December load factor of 83%

January 8, 2014 · 25 Views

Southwest Airlines released that traffic in December 2013 increased 9.8% compared to December 2012. Capacity increased 3.4% from the December 2012 level, while the load factor was 82.8%, compared to 78.0% in December 2012.


Cargojet announces aircraft fleet renewal

January 8, 2014 · 26 Views

In 2014, Cargojet is phasing out the operation of its older generation B727-200F freighter aircraft on the domestic overnight network and replacing them with newer generation B757-200 Extended Range Freighter aircraft. Cargojet has taken delivery of two B757-200ER aircraft and another two will be entering the fleet at the end of the second Quarter.


Delta to improve passenger comfort on 225 domestic narrowbody aircraft

January 8, 2014 · 21 Views

Delta Air Lines will invest more than $770m through 2016 to refresh the interiors on its Boeing 757-200, 737-800, Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft to provide power at every seat, add new slim-line seats with adjustable headrests, updated lavatories, add more efficient galleys and additional features to improve passenger comfort. This latest capital investment will improve the service consistency provided to Delta’s customers in First Class and Economy cabins as well as increasing aircraft efficiency and overall customer satisfaction of the airline’s domestic narrowbody fleet.


Jerry DeMuro succeeds Linda Hudson as president and CEO of BAE Systems

January 10, 2014 · 236 Views

BAE Systems announced the appointment of Jerry DeMuro as president and CEO of BAE Systems, effective February 1st, 2014. He succeeds Linda P. Hudson, who in August 2013 announced her intention to retire from the company in 2014. He will be appointed as an executive director of BAE Systems plc and will serve on BAE Systems’ Executive Committee, as well as on the board of BAE Systems. DeMuro will report to Ian King, chief executive of BAE Systems plc, and Michael Chertoff, chairman of the board for BAE Systems.


AAR’s Nordisk begins delivery of 900 lightweight ULDs to Vietnam Airlines

January 8, 2014 · 24 Views

AAR’s Nordisk Aviation Products division has begun delivery of 900 Nordisk lightweight cargo containers to Vietnam Airlines. Vietnam Airlines currently has approximately 2,000 Nordisk containers already operating in its fleet. The containers, also known as Unit Load Devices or ULDs, improve operational efficiency, storage and transport of air cargo and luggage.