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Virgin Atlantic Cargo Service Decided to Use Lightweight Cargo Nets

Today, we can’t imagine our world without automobiles. With the growth of population and technology, there is rapid growth seen in the use of vehicles day by day. Due to a rapid increase in the number of vehicles, pollution causing to the environment is more leading to global warming. It is everyone’s duty to reduce pollution causing to the environment by reducing the usage of vehicles and other fiber materials causing pollution. Virgin Atlantic airlines recognized the necessity of reducing pollution to the environment by using the easily degradable nets effectively. In order to reduce the considerable amount of CO2 emissions, it is decided to use lightweight cargo nets for its cargo services. It is according to the latest air cargo news report – Virgin Atlantic is going to reduce 30 percent of CO2 emissions by 2020 using these lightweight nets. These lightweight nets are prepared by using Dyneema fibers which have the capability of holding some additional load compared to normal cargo service nets. Virgin Atlantic cargo service is estimated to reduce 30 percent emissions by 2020 reaching airlines target of reducing pollution.

Virgin Atlantic airline is one among the UK-based airlines serving passenger, freight and cargo services. As an initial step, the airlines placed an order for 600 nets, each weighing nine kilos. These nets are completely made of Dyneema fibers. Although, Dyneema fibers are light in weight, they are strong in texture. Moreover, each net prepared by Dyneema fibers is less in weight by 4 kilos compared to normal net used by cargo services. Along with weight reduction property, there is another advantageous benefit added to this net which is its high durability nature. It is known from a source that these nets are highly durable in structure and will have an approximate operating life up to 5 years. While the regular nets used by cargo services have only 2-3 years operating life. Virgin Atlantic airlines initiated for reduction of CO2 emissions from last year by using lightweight containers for cargo services and this year they started using lightweight nets reducing CO2 emissions further, said by Paul Fallon. He was the vice president looking after cargo operations and business development at Virgin Atlantic. He added that they are expecting to use additional 1800 nets by the end of this year. Moreover, they are thinking to look over the latest lightweight pallets that came into the market in recent days. They are thinking to try these pallets once for estimating the benefits they are going to offer.

Linda Rutten was the marketing manager of aviation at DSM Dyneema, said that by using these lightweight Dyneema fiber nets in cargo services, the fuel efficiency of aircraft was increased leading to reduced CO2 emissions. Virgin Atlantic cargo service which started usage of lightweight containers from last year has already invested in 1,100 lightweight LD3 containers as a part of CO2 emission reduction program by reducing 3,200 air cargo containers from its cargo service. An increase of weight in grams also leads to more fuel usage and emissions. Thus by replacing old heavy containers with new lightweight containers will reduce weight nearly by 2000 tonnes which in turn reduces CO2 emissions.