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Award-winning blast resistant cargo container in Dubai air show spotlight

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, July 15 - 2003 @ 10:57

The company, which produces a range of products for complete cargo-handling competence, will make its Dubai air show debut at Airport Expo Dubai from December 7-11 as part of the official German pavilion.

Telair’s products currently fly on Boeing, DC, MD and Airbus aircraft as original, retrofit and conversion equipment.

“Our Hardened LD3 container is the first design to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for both blast resistance and air worthiness under a Technical Standard Order (TSO),” explained Axel H.R. Hauner, President, Telair International GmbH, who will head a company delegation to the show.

“The patented design uses DuPont Kevlar™ and proprietary manufacturing techniques to satisfy the very stringent requirements for blast resistance. The result is a lighter weight container which can be used for baggage/cargo/mail, and be easily used along side other conventional containers in an airline’s fleet.

“We are now developing other blast-resistant container designs, based on similar technology for use on both wide-body and narrow-body aircraft.”

Since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland in which 270 people died, the FAA and the international aerospace industry have sought a practical solution to the threat of on-board terrorism by containing undetected explosives hidden in baggage or cargo. Telair’s Hardened Unit Load Device (HULD) has been tested and certified to withstand a blast of comparable force to that believed to have caused the Lockerbie disaster.

Hauner says Telair’s HULD technology can economically provide passengers with enhanced security. “By combining a number of HULD units with our Ultralite™ containers, made from a new, lighter-than-aluminum composite, a carrier can successfully increase passenger security and achieve weight and fuel savings,” he added.

“The Middle East, where carriers such as Emirates and Qatar Airways are placing major aircraft orders and developing their cargo and passenger networks, is now a key market for us,” said Hauner.

“Emirates airline is currently conducting in-service testing of our ultra-lightweight container and we are looking forward to a successful result.”

Telair plans to promote its Ultralite™ containers at Dubai 2003, as well as its Duralite™ and Wovenlite™ composite technologies, which, it claims, have set new industry durability standards. “Our composite containers are easier to repair and require fewer visits to a repair station than aluminum units. Some Telair models also incorporate a new base with heavy-duty rollers that help guide the piercing blades of a forklift truck reducing damage on the tarmac,” explained Hauner.

Telair claims its powered and mechanical systems for loading bulk or containerised cargo in narrow-body aircraft, can produce significant cost-savings by optimising baggage and cargo handling.

“Telair’s narrow-body systems increase the load stacking capacity, safeguard baggage during loading and flight, and protect the walls and floor of the cargo compartment,” said Echard Koch, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Telair International. “Using our narrow-body systems reduces the number of handlers working on-board an aircraft and improves the working environment while drastically reducing the risk of baggage handler injuries.”

Telair is among 22 German companies contracted to date for Dubai 2003. Currently, the show has contracted exhibitors from 26 countries and pavilion commitments from Italy, Holland, the UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia and for the first time, Ukraine and Jordan.

“The German group represents a highly diverse product and service contingent with suppliers of high quality maintenance tools, remote visual inspection systems, aircraft tractors, weather map providers and makers of hangar doors,” explained Clive Richardson, Chief Executive, Aerospace Division, Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E), which organises the Dubai air show.

“The recent huge aircraft orders from Qatar Airways and Emirates, which was the largest in aviation history, has turned the eyes of the international aerospace industry firmly on the Middle East. Telair’s participation is just one example of how these orders have benefited the Dubai air show.”

Dubai 2003 will also host the inaugural Aviation Fire & Security International conference and exhibition (AFSI). An AFSI pavilion is being incorporated into the Airport Expo’s West Hall, while the AFSI conference will run at Airport Expo Dubai on December 10 and 11.

The Dubai air show is organised by F&E in conjunction with the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and in collaboration with the UAE Armed Forces.

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