Are you ready to take a peek with me on the ramp?

Today I’ll talk a little bit of my most memorable experiences in Operations or simply OPS. As an Station IAP I had to spend two months working in ramp handling. What that means? I had to learn lot of procedures as loading and unloading of cargo and baggage, handling of dangerous goods and special loads like animals, weight and balance…always keeping in mind the 3 golden rules: 1st Safety, 2nd Punctuality and 3rd Profitability!

Brazilian Paralympics Shooting Team

That’s the Brazilian team going to the Shooting World Cup in Bangkok.

That’s the Brazilian team going to the Shooting World Cup in Bangkok.

And now we have all the wheelchairs on the ramp to be secure in the aircraft hold…

Yeah…it’s a big responsibility!

Yeah…it’s a big responsibility!

All the eight wheelchairs were carefully lashed together in a special compartment for fragile items – the bulk.

The team and the wheelchairs arrived safely and without any damaged for the competition.

In the way back they also brought a Golden and a Bronze medal. Congratulations and thank you for trust Lufthansa!

Papayas and Limes

I knew before OPS that Lufthansa in São Paulo transports a lot of fresh fruits, but I’ve never had in my mind how much it could be…

Can you guess how many tons – yes, tons! – we transport every week?

Lufthansa Cargo transports around 25 tons of fresh fruit per week!

All fruits’ boxes are carefully tied with ropes and the pallets are loaded in special ventilated positions where the temperature can be adjusted. That’s why the fruits arrive always fresh at your home!

Are you ready to have a Caipirinha with the real Brazilian limes

Are you ready to have a Caipirinha with the real Brazilian limes?

Turtles and Tropical fish

One day I was in the office and I read in the load planning turtles and tropical fish… I was wondering how they pack these animals for a 12 hours flight.

At the ramp the first thing I did was looking for it! I was trying to find the animals and I couldn’t…That’s why…

The tropical fish are thermo proof packed. The package also has an oxygen system to guarantee that the fish arrive alive in their destination… on that day Hong Kong!

The little turtles were on the way to Amsterdam, they were also very well packed in wood boxes with ventilation.

The animals are always loaded in special positions where the temperature is set according with their species.

I hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about some exciting experiences in Germany…