Swiss WorldCargo, the air cargo division of Star Alliance carrier Swiss International Airlines, has signed a five-year ULD (Unit Load Device) outsourcing contract with Jettainer.
According to the agreement, Jettainer will handle the global ULD management activities for Swiss WorldCargo effective November 1. Jettainer will offer the carrier a full range of services that includes taking over its entire ULD fleet and the provision of day-to-day management services such as worldwide tracking & tracing, active inventory management, ULD repairs and management reporting.
With the addition of Swiss WorldCargo, Jettainer's worldwide ULD fleet will be significantly expanded once again to a total of 36,000 units. According to Jettainer, the fleet is expected to increase to about 40,000 ULDs by the end of the year through additional customers and organic growth. Jettainer currently services 400 ULD stations worldwide.
The new agreement represents the latest step in the cooperation between Lufthansa Cargo and Swiss WorldCargo whereby synergies are captured wherever there are customer benefits.
"Jettainer's ULD management approach and its "Jettware" IT platform developed specially for this purpose are what convinced us. These two elements together with a ULD fleet dedicated to our needs will offer us a maximum of operational security and transparency in all aspects of our ULD supply," explains Oliver Evans, Chief Cargo Officer of Swiss WorldCargo.
"This is of decisive importance for the scheduled operation of our aircraft around the world, the highest service standards we offer to our customers, cost control and customer satisfaction. And it is especially important for a carrier specialized in niche markets including those requiring individual containerization solutions like for example for Valuables. We're looking forward to working with Jettainer's professional team."
The new partnership between Swiss WorldCargo and Jettainer will result in additional synergies along the entire ULD supply chain for the benefit of all present and future Jettainer customers. Benefits of Jettainer's 4-phased ULD pooling approach include shared operational efficiencies and cost savings, lower and more predictable fixed operating expenses as well as enhanced flexibility thanks to controlled access to a large fleet of ULDs.
"We are proud to have won Swiss WorldCargo as a customer, an airline that enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide and is known for highest quality and reliability in both the passenger and freight segments," said Jettainer managing director Dr. Mohammed Ali Seiraffi. "It's both an incentive and a confirmation for us. Swiss WorldCargo is an important milestone for Jettainer on the way to market leadership in outsourced ULD management."
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