Unilode Aviation Solutions has extended its unit load devices (ULD) management partnership with Saudia Cargo until 2028.
Saudia Cargo’s passenger and cargo divisions awarded the supply and management of their 21,000-strong container and pallet fleet to Unilode in 2017, creating one of the largest ULD management partnerships in the industry. Unilode has transitioned Saudia Cargo to new, 20 kg lighter solid door containers over the past five years, enabling significant fuel and carbon emission savings.
The new agreement entails Unilode replacing the standard AKE containers with lightweight units from its ULD pool for additional synergy and sustainability benefits. Unilode will also 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.
Teddy Zebitz, Chief Executive Officer, Saudia Cargo, 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. Unilode and Saudia Cargo have been working closely to enhance digitisation in industry practices which also reflects positively on our ESG policy.
“With Unilode’s innovative greener solutions, we look forward to working together towards a more sustainable future. Unilode’s global and local customer success management teams and worldwide repair network contribute to our successful and mutually beneficial partnership, and we look forward to working together for another five-year term.
Ross Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Unilode, 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. We are committed to continuing to deliver outstanding service to Saudia Cargo over the next five years of our partnership.”