Telair International, a subsidiary of U.S.-based aerospace and defense contractor AAR, announced April 2 delivery of the 400th advanced lower deck cargo system to the Airbus fuselage production line in Hamburg.
Telair has been a supplier of individual components involved with cargo loading systems for the Airbus aircraft since the 1970’s and will become the single-source supplier for the complete lower deck cargo handling systems for the Airbus A330-200 and -300 series of aircraft.
The advanced cargo handling system uses only one type of power drive unit (PDU) to provide the required tractive force to move ULD’s in and out of the aircraft and within the cargo hold to its final parking position.
“With a weight of only 4.5 pounds, it is remarkable to experience the power such a small device can produce”, said Stefan Auer, director of Customer Services at Telair. “Using one type of PDU reduces spare parts requirements and associated cost. The unit’s design allows for on-board drive roller exchange, allowing for an efficient and cost-effective replacement of the wear part of the unit. The rubber on worn rollers can be replaced, allowing the reuse of the roller rim, further reducing financial impact.”
With currently more than 360 advanced systems in-service, the system has proven to be reliable. A similar system will be provided for the Airbus A350 XWB family of aircraft, extending Telair’s support of the Airbus fleet.