Air cargo unit load device management company Jettainer is expanding its operations in the Asia-Pacific region. The company, which announced the news at the IATA World Cargo Symposium on Tuesday 27 September, says the market changes of the last two and a half years have pushed previously functioning processes in the aviation sector to their limits, resulting in airlines having to experience problems that a lack of Unit Load Devices (ULDs) can cause.
The company says the importance of security of supply and reliability has become even more apparent, with cost awareness and sustainability continuing to be a major aspect.
These factors play a particularly important role in the Asia-Pacific market where airlines are growing. Existing airlines are expanding their business and include widebody fleets or start with cargo operations, and new airlines are being founded.
In addition, as ULD operations have traditionally been managed in-house, Jettainer says the region holds great growth potential for the company.
Jettainer plans to strengthen its regional presence and further develop Singapore and Hong Kong as main gateways. Thomas Sonntag, Managing Director of Jettainer, stated: “We currently manage a fleet of more than 100,000 ULDs. In perspective, the amount could double – especially due to growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Airlines have recognised the value of ULDs and the need to manage them efficiently: The time is right for ULD outsourcing. We manage ULD fleets with only 80% of the units previously required. This potential ULD saving of 20% can either be used for growth, to offset shortages – or contributes to simply save cost.”
Jettainer already manages pallets and containers for Korean airline T’Way, VietJet and Philippine budget carrier Cebu Pacific and has several more airlines in the pipeline.