Cathay Pacific and Unilode extend ULD management partnership

Babak Yazdani, Chief Operating Officer, Unilode; Tom Owen, Director Cargo, Cathay Pacific; Ross Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Unilode; Frosti Lau, General Manager Cargo Service Delivery, Cathay Pacific (from left to right)

Cathay Pacific and Unilode Aviation Solutions have renewed their full-service unit load device (ULD) management agreement until 2027.

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific and outsourced ULD management specialist Unilode have partnered on a wide range of ULD-related services and innovation projects since 2014 including the integration of Unilode data readers into stations across the bellyhold and freighter airline’s route network.

This has resulted in full coverage of Cathay Pacific’s ULD fleet and worldwide network of 120 stations, creating the world’s largest digital ULD solution utilised by an airline.

Cathay Pacific and Unilode will now build on this milestone by partnering on several joint cargo projects, framing an upcoming five-year digital roadmap to improve operational efficiencies, transparency and data accuracy throughout the supply chain.

Cathay Pacific will be the pioneer airline in feeding use cases for digital projects to Unilode, generating solutions which will benefit the entire aviation industry.

Frosti Lau, General Manager Cargo Service Delivery, Cathay Pacific, said: “The refreshed partnership goes beyond traditional ULD leasing and management, with increased commitment from Unilode of digital resources to facilitate Cathay Pacific Cargo’s agenda to further drive productivity, efficiency and safe operations through digitalisation initiatives.

“Hong Kong is a global hub for specialist and high-value cargo shipments, and Unilode’s digitalisation solution will enable us to offer additional benefits to Cathay Pacific’s special-cargo customers.

“We value the commitment of Unilode’s senior management team to enhanced assurance of supply for Cathay Pacific, as well as digital project delivery in the next few years.”

Unilode chief executive Ross Marino said: “Cathay Pacific is Unilode’s largest ULD management customer, operating a fleet of approximately 26,000 containers and pallets.

“We are delighted and proud to continue providing our full-service ULD management solutions to Cathay Pacific.

“We are also excited to broaden the scope of our partnership as we explore new products and services together to enhance our service offering.

“We concluded several trials together in the early stages of our digital development and Cathay Pacific has always been supportive and cooperative in our digital journey.

“We thank Cathay Pacific for their loyalty, trust and confidence in Unilode, and we look forward to working together for many more years to come.”

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