The Science Behind Protection of Perishables in Air Transport

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The value of goods transported by air cargo exceeds $5 trillion annually, representing approximately 35 percent of world trade. The air cargo transport sector itself generates nearly $70 billion every year, according to the International Air Transport Association.

A large and growing segment of the air cargo market is temperature-sensitive cargo, such as pharmaceuticals, fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. To protect fragile temperature-sensitive cargo, Cargolux Airlines International S.A., one of the world’s leading cargo airlines, collaborated with DuPont to investigate the most efficient protection of perishables and other temperature-sensitive cargo while in transport, as featured in the mini-documentary, “World Without Food Waste.”

The collaboration resulted in the introduction of Tyvek® Air Cargo covers. Made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), this product helps protect produce, pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive cargo from the damaging effects of solar radiation heat. Lightweight and durable, DuPont™ Tyvek® has introduced new dimensions of protection, security and safety in a wide variety of industries including building and construction, graphics, envelopes, medical and industrial packaging, and protective apparel.

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