Air France opens hi-tech Paris cargo facility

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 October, 1998, 12:00am

Air France Cargo has opened a US$65 million cargo hub at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, designed to handle one million tonnes of cargo a year.

Another $5 million has been allocated to upgrade security.

The G1XL facility, which took three years to plan and construct, is one of the largest in Europe, with more than a million square feet of space, and features the latest in automation.

Some highlights of G1XL include: Wire-guided pallet movers co-ordinated by a computer system.

Computer chips embedded in pallet rims to allow monitoring.

Use of bar-coding to monitor express shipments.

Installation of the Traxon system to allow customers to track shipments.

Francois Bachelet, executive vice-president of Air France Cargo, said the new complex would improve customer service and allow the carrier to 'set industry benchmarks for the future'.