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REUNION: June 07, 2016. Air Austral has awarded a five-year ULD management contract to CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the provider of outsourced ULD management and repair services.

Air Austral is a privately-held French airline with its headquarters in Sainte-Marie, Réunion Island, France.

Air AustralThe carrier operates scheduled flights from Réunion to metropolitan France, South Africa, Thailand, India, and to several destinations in the Indian Ocean, including Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte and Seychelles.

Air Austral has a fleet of two B737-800, three B777-300ER, two ATR72 and one B787-8 aircraft and will add one more Dreamliner to its fleet in October 2016.

Air Austral VP Ground Operations and Security, Jean-Jacques Roy said: "Our partnership with CHEP provides us with immediate cost savings as we don't have to buy ULDs for our new Dreamliners. Due to the seasonality of our flights and peak periods in our schedule we appreciate that we can flexibly adapt the ULD inventory in our stations and only pay for the units we use as well as being able to generate additional cargo revenue opportunities due to the weight savings of CHEP's lightweight containers."

CHEP president Ludwig Bertsch said Air Austral was a perfect fit with its other leisure carrier customers due to the overlap of destinations that further increased the synergies of its ULD pooling model.

“As CHEP's entire baggage container fleet consists of environmentally friendly lightweight units, our customers are able to benefit from quick savings opportunities and improve their sustainability. Our outsourcing solutions will help Air Austral to focus on its core business of flying passengers while CHEP takes care of the management of ULDs," Bertsch added. 

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