Oman Air selects Jettainer for ULD management

05 / 10 / 2017

  • ULD teamwork: Oman Air Cargo and Jettainer management

Oman Air Cargo has signed a five year unit load device (ULD) outsourcing contract with Jettainer, the German airfreight container management company.

The Middle East airline will use lightweight ULDs — constructed of carbon fibre and partly recycled composite materials — that will result in lower CO2 emissions, improved payload, and increased aircraft fuel efficiency.

Jettainer’s management solution means that Oman Air, hubbed out of Muscat, can reduce by 20% its existing container fleet to 1,200 units.

Some 600 aluminum AKE containers will be replaced by environmentally friendly lightweight AKEs. Another 200 lightweight containers will be added to the Oman fleet as part of the airline's expansion.

Mohammed Al Musafir, senior vice president commercial cargo at Oman Air, said: “Our agreement with Jettainer comes at a time of excellent growth and modernization of the cargo division, as we continue forward with our aggressive growth plan.

"We are confident Jettainer is a partner that shares our positive outlook and offers us the right services and technology to further improve our offerings.“

Carsten Hernig, managing director of Lufthansa subsidiary Jettainer, said: “We look forward to work with Oman Air, a very successful and rapidly growing global airline from the Middle East."

Hernig added: "We are proud that we are able to stand out from our competitors with our smart solution, which is the combination of Jettainer’s experts, technology and ULD hardware.”

Martin Kraemer, head of marketing and PR at Jettainer, said: “With this cooperation, we continue to expand our presence in the strategically important Gulf region. This is an enormous dynamic market, which enables us to proceed with our course of growth in the long term.”

A team of Jettainer ULD controllers is currently based at Oman Air Cargo's operations center in Muscat. System rollout, trainings and operational transfers have been completed by a joint project team. All ULDs are maintained by Jettainer at the Muscat International Airport and in Jettainer’s global repair network.