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19 September 2022, last update 21 November 2022

Revealing the World’s First Collapsible AAX at WCS 2022

AAX collapsible ULD containers stackable

Are you ready to say goodbye to the global imbalance in ULD stocks? At VRR, we certainly are. This industry-wide problem has been a focus for our company for some years now. Therefore, we are very excited to announce the launch of the world’s first fully collapsible AAX next week at WCS 2022.

“Our latest container solves a very real problem facing all ULD fleet managers: what to do with empty containers after a consignment has been shipped,” says Geert van Riemsdijk, Managing Director of VRR. “Until now, it’s been a case of leaving them behind or returning them unloaded. It’s not much of a choice. Well, now they have a third option. They can fold them and stack them for storage or repositioning.”

Promising maximum ULD availability
Our engineers designed the collapsible AAX in direct response to the world’s imbalance in ULDs, which we know creates all sorts of nightmares for ULD fleet managers. Storing and repositioning empty fixed containers so they are in the right place at the right time is both costly and challenging. However, our solution promises maximum ULD availability and considerable competitive advantage.

“The collapsible AAX can be used just like the standard AAX,” explains Van Riemsdijk. “It has the same perfect-fit shape and the same durability. The only difference is that it can be folded and stacked. Now you can fly three or four empty containers for the price of one.”

When folded, the container can be stacked up to three high on the main deck of a B767 and four high on the lower deck of a wide-body plane. In a shipping container, it can be stacked up to six high. Despite the inevitable challenges we faced during the design and engineering stages, we have ensured the collapsible AAX is easy to use and repair.

“You don’t need tools to put it up or down, and there’s no disassembly involved,” Van Riemsdijk promises. “You need just two people and two minutes. We’ve kept everything as simple as possible for ground handlers. Even the moving parts are simple to maintain and replace.”

Schermafbeelding 2 - VRR AAX Collapsible 2022

Helping airlines fly the skies more sustainably

The potential benefits offered by the collapsible AAX in terms of cost and efficiency are clear cut. But so are the sustainability features. Now fleet managers can significantly decrease the environmental impact of returning or repositioning empty ULDs, which makes this container doubly attractive.

“These days, airlines are having to focus on reducing their CO2 footprint,” says Van Riemsdijk. “VRR recognises that challenge, which is why we’ve put so much effort into producing collapsible air cargo containers. At the end of the day, we all have a part to play in flying the skies sustainably.”

The collapsible AAX will be unveiled at The World Cargo Symposium in London on 27-29 September. You can learn more about this innovative container by going to the product page.

Abedin Dula,
Abedin Dula got his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering, then moved on to Cranfield University to obtain a first-class honour’s degree in Air Transport Management. Before joining VRR in Jan 2021, he worked as a Cargo Projects Specialist and Quality Assurance Engineer. His current role is Account Manager, looking after customers in the airlines and leasing market.

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