ABU DHABI: March 14, 2017. Unilode, the ULD management company formerly known as CHEP, has won a major outsource contract from Saudia and Saudia Cargo to begin April 01, 2017.
Pictured left to right: Chris Notter, vice president Operations Saudia Cargo; Nadeem Malibari, Head of Ground Operations PMO Saudia; Ludwig Bertsch, president and CEO, Unilode.
Unilode will set up regional management offices in Jeddah and Riyadh and also operate a facility in Jeddah for the maintenance and repair of ULDs and galley carts, supplemented by Unilode´s worldwide network of 30 repair stations.
Noting the Unilode ULD inventory is now over 120,000 units, Saudia Cargo CEO Nabil Khojah said: "For our service delivery it is essential that we have the ULDs ready in an airworthy condition when and where we need them."
Saudia and Saudia Cargo will reply on a hybrid ULD management solution in which the containers are part of a dedicated fleet and the pallets are being supplied from Unilode's pool.
Saudia CEO Jaan Albrecht added: "During the tender process Unilode demonstrated exceptional knowledge and expertise in all aspects of ULD management and repairs, and has proposed a number of ways which will enable us to improve our operations and enhance the service we provide to our customers."
Unilode president and CEO Ludwig Bertsch commented: "Middle Eastern carriers are the world's fastest growing airlines and we are committed to support our customers' growth plans which may include the purchase of additional assets and opening of new stations in our ULD management and repair network."
In a related announcement, the team of Saudia Cargo Africa, lead by regional director Ken Mbogo (pictured second from the left), were on hand to receive an award for 'International Cargo Airline of the year in Africa' at Air Cargo Africa 2017 in Johannesburg earlier this month. Mbogo said the award would give the team a new challenge to continue improving its products and services in order to achieve a consistent pattern of growth.