Air France opens hi-tech Paris cargo facility
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'.