Air France is moving towards fully electric ramp equipment – Business Traveler


Air France continues its objective of halving its CO2 emissions per passenger-km by 2030, with an investment in electric ramp equipment.The carrier has partnered with French start-up Carwatt and ramp equipment company TLD to test the ramp handling of a Paris-Delhi A350 flight using fully electric motors.

The equipment used for the test included a Carwatt conveyor belt for loading baggage, a TLD loader for loading cargo, a Charlatte tractor for transferring baggage from the terminal to the aircraft, and a TLD tug to push back the aircraft. from its parking station.

Air France declared that the partnership “combines electrification and circular economy, with the transformation of old thermal baggage carousels into electric carousels with second life Li-Ion batteries”.

The carrier said that by the end of this year, nearly 60% of its fleet of ramp equipment (used at Paris CDG, Paris Orly and Air France stations in mainland France) will be electric, with that figure ahead of increase to 90. percent by 2025, saving 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Other recent sustainable initiatives include removing single-use plastic items from flights and sorting waste on board its flights to Paris, items such as plastic, Tetra Pak cartons, aluminum cans. and the glass bottles being handled by Servair at Charles de Gaulle and Aéroports d’Orly and recycled in France and in Europe.


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