Saudia Cargo extends ULD partnership with Unilode

Source: Saudia Cargo, unilode - Above L-R Teddy Zebitz and Ross Marino

Unilode Aviation Solutions has announced the extension of its unit load device (ULD) management partnership with Saudia Cargo until 2028.

Unilode, a specialist in outsourced ULD management, repair and digital services, was awarded the supply and management of Saudia Cargo’s 21,000-strong container and pallet fleet in 2017, one of the largest ULD management partnerships in the industry.

Over the past five years, Unilode has transitioned Saudia Cargo to new, 20 kg lighter solid door containers, which have enabled significant fuel and carbon emission savings.

The new agreement will also see Unilode replace the standard AKE containers with lightweight units from its ULD pool for additional synergy and sustainability benefits.

Unilode will provide strategic ULD buffer stock to Saudia Cargo during the Hajj to enable hassle-free and efficient operations during the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

Saudia Cargo chief executive Teddy Zebitz said: “We are pleased to renew our full-service ULD management partnership with Unilode Aviation Solutions as it has delivered significant benefits to our operations over the past five years and enabled us to enhance the services we provide to our passengers and cargo customers.

“Unilode’s digital ULD management solutions make it possible to gain more insights and greater visibility throughout our network and supply chain and continue to help us provide innovative and state-of-the-art solutions to our customers.”

He added: With Unilode’s innovative greener solutions, we look forward to working together towards a more sustainable future.”

Unilode chief executive Ross Marino said: “We are absolutely delighted and very proud that Saudia Cargo has taken the decision to continue partnering with Unilode for the supply, management, repair and digitalisation of their ULD fleet.

“They are strategic customers in our portfolio and their continued trust in our people and services demonstrate the value that they place on our partnership and collaboration.

“Our renewed agreement is based on a more dynamic price modelling that enables Saudia Cargo to only pay for the ULDs they utilise whilst giving them peace of mind of ULD availability throughout their global network.”

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