Telaie FLSFLEXIBLE LOADING SYSTEM™

An Industry Game-Changer

Telair has received certification for its new Flexible Loading System™ (FLS) for all current production and in-service Boeing 737 aircraft. The system allows 737 operators to carry containerized cargo in the lower hold of the aircraft, along with bulk-loaded bags.

The FLS contains three components. The Telair EDGE Sliding Carpet – an on-board conveyer system for loading and unloading bulk cargo, currently installed on the 737 MAX and 737 NG and about 40 percent lighter than previous designs – is the backbone of the system. Second, the FLS features new containers designed specifically by Telair for use with the Sliding Carpet and optimized for the 737. Third, the system includes a new powered doorway ball mat for transferring the containers on and off the Sliding Carpet, and to and from standard ground-handling equipment.

GECAS, the largest commercial aviation lessor in the world, will offer the new Flexible Loading System to GECAS’ 737-800 freighter conversion customers. GECAS has committed to convert 30 737-800s to freighters, with deliveries beginning in 2018.

“We are extremely excited that the system’s launch installation is on the 737, the most popular aircraft in the world,” said Andre Hansson, President and CEO of Telair International, AB, in Sweden. “The Flexible Loading System is an industry game-changer.”

FLS Features

  • The Sliding Carpet is the backbone of the FLS system
  • Proven technology – over 25 years in service
  • Reliable – 99.9% reliability over 70 million flights
  • Continuous product improvement – the current production EDGE system uses carbon fiber materials in its design to make it 40% lighter than 1st generation Telair systems.
  • Top or side loading containers
  • Maximum load per container is 880 pounds or 400 kilograms
  • RFID enabled
  • Allows mixed loads – both containers and bulk

FLS Benefits

  • Helps meet growing demand for mail, parcel, and e-commerce transport
  • Loading of freight and mail into the container at the cargo terminal or at an offsite facility
  • Rapid loading and unloading of airplane cargo compartments
  • Allows booking of “space available” consolidated parcel and freight shipments to maximize use of cargo compartment.
  • Lowest ergonomic impact and ground crew requirements
  • Weather and tamper resistant container.
  • Manufacturer support for system operation and maintenance

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the FLS cost?
Telair is currently working with its manufacturing partners to determine system pricing.
What will a container cost?
The price of an FLS container has not been released, but is expected to be in the range of today's composite containers of similar size and design.
What aircraft are compatible with the FLS?
The System is currently compatible with all 737's, and can be installed during production or by retrofit. Telair will evaluate other aircraft as the market demands.
How many containers can be loaded onto an aircraft?
It depends on the aircraft model. A 737-800 passenger or converted freighter will hold up to 11 containers in the two lower holds. A 737-900 will hold up to 13 containers.
What is the loading time for a container?
A single container can be loaded in less than one minute – from the loading dolly to aircraft lower hold. A 737-800 with a full complement of 11 containers can be unloaded with two loading teams in under 6 minutes.
What is driving interest in the FLS?
The FLS allows airline and cargo carriers to meet the increasing freight demands of e-commerce without compromising schedules. The system can efficiently load both containers and bulk freight and baggage.
Are there other benefits?
Yes. They include offsite container loading and sorting, faster turn times, smaller loading teams, improved loader ergonomics, and a weather and tamper resistant container.
Is the system robust?
Yes. The backbone of the FLS – the Telair Sliding Carpet – has been in service worldwide for several decades and proven 99.9% reliable over millions of flights. The powered ball mat is similar in design and performance to units developed by Telair and proven for years on wide-body aircraft. The FLS container reflects both state-of-the-art materials and design using light, durable materials.
Is the container compatible with the 737 inward opening door and sloped aft compartment entrance?
Yes. The FLS has been optimized for the aircraft’s lower hold capacity. The system will provide unprecedented loading speed while minimizing the number of loaders needed.
What ground support equipment is needed for the FLS?
Existing belt loaders are used to move the containers from the transport dollies to the airplane. No highloader is needed for these containers.
Can forklifts be used to move containers on the ground?
Yes. The container is designed so that forklifts can be used to move containers on the ground, however, a conveyor belt loader is still needed to get the container onto the aircraft.
Can bulk loaded items like bags and packages be loaded on top of the containers?
Yes, it is possible to load items on the top of the containers to maximize the use of the lower hold volume. However, any and all bulk loaded items will need to be loaded and unloaded so as to not interfere with the inward opening cargo doors.
Is the FLS Certified?
Yes. All FLS components – the Sliding Carpet, Doorway Ball Mat, and Container – have been certified for installation on the 737.
When will the FLS become available?
System product launch will take place in the 2nd quarter of 2018, on a GECAS 737-800 converted freighter. General availability is expected by the 3rd Quarter of 2018.

Telair Receives Certification For Its New Flexible Loading System™

GECAS to launch system with customers flying converted Boeing 737-800 freighter aircraft

FEBRUARY 5, 2018 - LUND, SWEDEN - Telair International AB today announced it has received certification for its new Flexible Loading System™ (FLS) for all current production and in-service Boeing 737 aircraft. The system allows 737 operators to carry containerized cargo (baggage, mail, and parcel freight) in the lower hold of the aircraft, along with bulk-loaded bags.

GECAS, the largest commercial aviation lessor in the world, will offer the new Flexible Loading System to GECAS’ 737-800 freighter conversion customers on aircraft entering service this year. As announced at last year’s Paris Airshow, GECAS has committed to convert 30 737-800s to freighters, with deliveries beginning in 2018.

“This system improves loading efficiency and adds flexibility, especially for Combination, Express and Ecommerce operators. The new system enables them to interline the Telair containers and reduce bulk loading times,” said Richard Greener, Senior Vice President & Manager, Cargo Aircraft Group, GECAS. “The Flexible Loading System allows Telair’s containers to be preloaded and screened at the cargo sort and brought on board the aircraft using existing bulk loading equipment.”

The FLS includes three components: the Telair EDGE Sliding Carpet, an on-board conveyer system for loading and unloading bulk cargo, which is currently installed on the 737 MAX and about 40 percent lighter than existing variants; new containers designed specifically by Telair for use with the Sliding Carpet on the 737; and a new powered doorway ball mat for transferring the containers on and off the Sliding Carpet, to and from standard ground-handling equipment.

“Telair will work with GECAS and GECAS’ customers to install the system in the second quarter of 2018,” said Anders Helmner, President and CEO of Telair International, AB, in Sweden. “We are extremely excited that the system’s launch installation is on the 737, the most popular aircraft in the world. The Flexible Loading System is an industry game-changer.”

The Telair Sliding Carpet has successfully served thousands of aircraft and dozens of carriers worldwide for more than 25 years. EDGE models use carbon fiber technology to achieve weight reduction over previous designs, and high reliability. The FLS containers and ball mat similarly use state-of-the-art materials to achieve low weight and extreme durability.

About Telair International AB

TELAIR International AB, located in Lund, Sweden, provides a wide selection of cargo handling systems to facilitate loading of aircraft cargo compartments, primarily on narrow-body aircraft. This ranges from the Sliding Carpet System, to the RTT belt loader extension, to the new container-based Flexible Loading System.

About GECAS GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is a world leader in aviation leasing and financing. With 50 years of aviation finance experience, GECAS offers a wide range of aircraft types including narrow-bodies, wide-bodies, regional jets, turboprops, freighters and helicopters, plus multiple financing products and services including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, capital markets, engine leasing, airframe parts management and airport/airline consulting. GECAS owns or services a fleet of nearly 2,000 aircraft (1,685 fixed wing/ 310 rotary wing) in operation or on order, plus provides loans collateralized on an additional ~400 aircraft. GECAS serves ~264 customers in over 75 countries from a network of 26 offices. gecas.com

Telair Media Contact:
Kevin Wilson
513-898-1008
kwilson@9pointsmedia.com

GECAS Media Contact:
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+1 203 842 5887
james.luton@gecas.com

Telair Flexible Loading System™
Up to 13 FLS containers can be loaded onto a 737-900 aircraft.
Bulk loading mail and small packages is time and labor intensive. A preloaded FLS container can be put onboard in less than a minute.
Telair EDGE Sliding Carpet Loading System™
GECAS 737-800 Freighter
For more information contact:

Telair Sweden: Anders Lamberth
Phone +46-46-38-58-00 ajlamberth@telair.com

Telair USA: Rob Laird
Phone +1-206-235-3335 robert.laird@telair.se

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