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'.


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