Leisure airline Condor picks Unilode for ULDs

Leisure airline Condor has awarded a five-year unit load device (ULD) supply and management agreement to Unilode Aviation Solutions.

Condor currently operates a fleet of more than 50 aircraft including 15 wide-body and 30 narrow-body aircraft.

The airline offers scheduled and charter passenger flights worldwide, in addition to recently initiated cargo flights to European destinations.

Unilode will supply, manage, digitalise and repair Condor’s containers and pallets in a “hybrid ULD fleet management model”, which consists of ULDs dedicated to the airline’s use and assets shared with other carriers in Unilode’s pool.  

Bernd Bechtel, commercial director cargo, airport relations and ground handling procurement, Condor, said: “Given the strong dynamics in the operating environment and the aviation industry in general, the flexible adjustment of ULD stock levels to meet operational requirements was one of the key factors in our decision to partner with Unilode.

“A reliable supply of ULDs is essential for the recovery in our core business of flying passengers, and supports new revenue opportunities, such as our cargo flights.”

Marc Groenewegen, chief commercial officer at Unilode, added: “Condor’s network is a great fit for our pool as it overlaps with the destinations of many other Unilode customers. This supports a fast and seamless implementation and provides pooling synergy opportunities to several customer airlines. Condor’s ULDs will shortly be equipped with Unilode’s digital Bluetooth tags for enhanced visibility and efficiency.”     

The move comes shortly after Condor signed a deal to operate PAX-freighters on behalf of express carrier DHL.

The Condor planes will be based at DHL Express’ largest European hub in Leipzig and will transport shipments along three routes – to Shannon, Ireland, Milan-Malpensa in Italy, and Cologne, Germany.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]