Air France Moves Closer To Carbon Neutral Electric Ramp Equipment - Simple Flying


In a press release issued on September 3, 2020, Air France says it is moving closer to obtaining carbon-neutral ramp equipment. As a part of the airline’s sustainable development policy, the carrier has given itself the target of halving its CO2 emissions per passenger kilometer by 2030. While trying to achieve this goal, the Paris-based airline is doing all it can to reduce its carbon footprint in the air and on the ground.

Air France A350-900 side view
Air France used an Airbus A350 for the electric ground equipment test. Photo: Air France

For some time now, Air France has committed itself to use all-electric ramp equipment and, on September 3, 2020, tested out all-electric equipment when handling a Paris to Delhi flight. The equipment used is made by an innovative French start-up company called CARWATT and TLD, two of the world’s leading ramp equipment manufacturers.

All the ground equipment was electric

Some of the equipment they make is certified by the Solar Impulse Foundation – of which Air France is a partner – for its ecological and economic value. When handling the Paris to Delhi flight, Air France used the following equipment:

  • A Lebrun TLD air conditioner for the aircraft’s air supply
  • A Charlatte tractor to transport luggage from the terminal to the aircraft
  • A widebody TLD loader to load the cargo onto the plane
  • A TLD widebody tug to push back the plane from its parking stand

Air France fully supports its ecosystem’s innovation to develop economically and ecologically viable solutions in its sustainable development policy.

Air France wants to use batteries

This is yet just another way that Air France is doing all