Ground handling business lifted by versatility of IVECO Eurocargo04 June 2018

Ground handling business Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has taken delivery of 12 new 18-tonne IVECO Eurocargo trucks for its operation at Heathrow Airport.

Supplied by IVECO Retail, in nearby Hayes, each Eurocargo 180E25 is powered by a 6.7-litre, Tector 7 engine producing 247bhp at 2,500rpm and 850Nm of torque between 1,250 and 2,050rpm.

The trucks have a specialised flatbed body, built by AMSS, with impact-resistant rollers to provide greater protection to air freight. They join a 54-strong fleet 16 of which are now IVECO vehicles.

Ronnie Roberts, the operator’s transport and logistics manager, says the versatility of the Eurocargo chassis was a key reason for the order.

He says: “The design of the interior also allows drivers to easily access the cab from either side, saving them time and making their jobs a lot safer. This is particularly beneficial airside, where tight turnaround times mean there is often a hive of activity around an aircraft waiting to depart.

“These new vehicles have impressed quickly, and we’re confident we’ll be replacing more of the fleet with Eurocargos built to this same specification.”

IVECO’S patented Hi-SCR technology was another major factor cited by WFS. Hi-SCR uses passive regeneration of the diesel particulate filter and requires neither driver involvement nor downtime from active regeneration.

It enables unrestricted access to sensitive environments like airports and tunnels, where the high temperatures caused by active regeneration could pose a risk.

Roberts adds: “Airports are under constant pressure to be greener and these vehicles help us do our bit by improving efficiency and cutting emissions.”

The vehicles are supplied with a five-year IVECO Elements R&M package.

Laura Cork

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