Finnish air transport company Finnair Cargo Oy is investing in a new cargo terminal at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to match the increase in freight generated by Finnair's new Airbus A350 XWB fleet. For the Material Handling System part of this investment, Finnair has chosen the Lodige Industries Group from Warburg, Germany. Lodige is responsible for the design, manufacturing and installation including controls and maintenance.
Project is on budget and on schedule. Mechanical and electrical installation works have been completed.
The heart of the logistic system is the storage and transport system for airfreight containers (ULD) and pallets with two 15ft Elevating Transfer Vehicles (6.8ton capacity) as well as a 11 aisle high bay storage system (ASRS) with approximately 2,000 storage positions and 11 Stacker Cranes (1.2ton capacity). The system also includes Landside and Airside Interfaces, as well as three separate temperature zones for cargo and special goods such as pharmaceutical products and perishable food.
The flight build and break process within the terminal will be managed by using the Lodige warehouse management software "Cargo Professional Suite". Various software plugins will allow Finnair cargo to optimize the efficiency of the operation within the cargo hub.