Delta Air Lines is introducing its first fully electric catering truck at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in collaboration with Asito. It's a new initiative that reduces both CO2 emissions and pollution from diesel.
The zero-emission catering truck will be deployed for three months to supply Delta's aircraft at the gate.
The initiative has a significant impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions. A catering truck is estimated to travel more than 1,800 miles per year while the engine continues to run during the loading process.
One truck provides supplies for five to six planes a day. A truck can supply two to three aircraft (Delta A350 and A330) at a time, which takes about 25 minutes. Afterward, the truck returns to the warehouse.
The biggest advantage of the electric truck is that it does not emit any CO2 during all these activities. In addition, the weekly refueling and the weekly regeneration process of the particulate filter no longer needs to be carried out, which results in considerable time and cost savings.
"Delta is taking steps to use only electric vehicles at Schiphol and on a larger scale at other international airports. This initiative has an immediate positive impact on reducing greenhouse gases and creates a better work environment for our below-wing teams," said Delta EMEAI Field Director Markus Wegner.
Delta is working to support Schiphol Airport's goal for all vehicles to be emission-free by 2030.