Jettainer to manage ULDs for T’way Air

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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South-Korean low-cost airline T’way Air has chosen Lufthansa Cargo subsidiary Jettainer to provide unit load device (ULD) management services as it expands its aircraft fleet.

The two partners have signed a five-year contract that from March 1 has seen the ULD management company provide containers and pallets for the Seoul-based airline’s three new Airbus A330 aircraft and support T’way Air’s expansion with its ULD management and maintenance services.

T’way Air will add three leased widebody Airbus A330-300 aircraft to its current fleet of Boeing 737-800s by May. Jettainer will provide the airline with a customised ULD fleet and manage the steering, maintenance and repair of all units.

ULDs provided and managed by Jettainer will initially fly on T’way routes between South Korea’s Gimpo International Airport and Jeju International Airport. International flights to Singapore and Vietnam are set to follow. By 2025, T’way is also planning to add seven more A330-300s to its fleet and begin medium-haul and long-haul flights to destinations like Sydney, Croatia and Honolulu.

“We are putting our ULD management services in the best hands by opting for Jettainer’s many years of experience and professional services,” said Sung-sup Park, chief cargo external affairs director at T’way Air.

“As we grow our fleet now and in the future, we are deliberately embracing sustainable and cost-efficient ULD solutions so this partnership is an excellent fit with our constant efforts to increase innovation, cut costs, and enhance efficiency.”

Thorsten Riekert, Jettainer’s chief sales officer, added: “We are active all over the globe and recognize that the Asian market offers significant potential to us, as aviation will continue to grow there in the years ahead. Outsourcing ULD services is an especially attractive alternative for expanding airlines like T´way Air as efficient management cuts costs and reduces CO2 emissions.”

Last year, Jettainer said it had seen growth in demand for ULD leasing.

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