Unilode expands its global ULD repair network
19 / 09 / 2017
ULD management and repair specialist Unilode Aviation Solutions has expanded its global repair network by opening an FAA Part 145 certified repair centre at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) airport in the US.
This new facility will support and expand Unilode's partnership with DHL for ULD repairs and assembly, in addition to supporting Unilode's existing management and repair customers.
Also, Unilode's South American network will be further strengthened by the opening of a repair centre in São Paulo (GRU), Brazil, "within the next couple of months".
This new facility, along with Unilode's recently opened FAA Part 145 certified service centre in Santiago de Chile (SCL), will primarily serve LATAM, Unilode's ULD management customer.
Unilode, formerly known as CHEP Aerospace Solutions, also plans to open a repair centre in Jeddah (JED), Saudi Arabia, before the end of this year. This facility will focus on supporting Saudia Airlines with its ULD management and repair needs.
Frank Steinert, DHL Express Global network equipment director, said: "The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) Airport is a strategic place in the Global DHL Express network. After working with Unilode in different locations in the US and our global network, it was a logical step to ask them to support our rapidly growing business at Cincinnati Airport.
"The added repair capacity helps us to concentrate ULD repair activities close to where our operations are and due to our reduced transportation needs we are able to save time, cut CO2 emissions and consequently, save cost."
Unilode chief executive Benoît Dumont said: "The opening of our repair facility at CVG is an excellent example to demonstrate the value of being a strategic partner for our customers as we have set up this facility on specific request of our long-established partner DHL who needed support for ULD repair services at their hub in Cincinnati.
"Operating our own global repair and maintenance network at key airports helps our customers to reduce repair turnaround times as well as carbon footprint and fuel costs, and with the expansion of our repair network in the Americas and in the Middle East we are able to serve our current and future ULD management and ULD and galley cart repair customers even better."
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