MENA Cargo Airlines has signed a five-year unit load device (ULD) supply, management and repair agreement with Unilode Aviation Solutions.
Unilode will supply digital containers and pallets from its shared ULD pool to MENA Cargo’s scheduled cargo flights and ad-hoc charters, and provide repairs at the airline’s hub and other destinations.
MENA Cargo, the dedicated full-service cargo airline of Bahrain-based MENA Aerospace Enterprises, said it was in the midst of securing a fleet of dedicated and converted freighters as part of its expansion plans.
“Our decision to partner with Unilode for the supply and management of ULDs for our start-up airline matches MENA Cargo’s business strategy, which is based on the principles of efficiency, flexibility and agility,” said MENA Cargo Airlines’ general manager and director ground operations Peter Hewett.
“As our ULD needs can greatly fluctuate depending on our cargo and charter requests, we were looking for a flexible and cost-effective solution that we found in Unilode’s ULD management service. Having access to Unilode’s ULD pool and global repair network gives us peace of mind about container and pallet availability and allows us to concentrate on our cargo business. We are confident that Unilode’s ULD solutions will contribute to the success and growth of our airline.”
Unilode Aviation Solutions’ chief commercial officer Marc Groenewegen commented: “MENA Cargo Airlines has an ambitious growth agenda and expects a significant increase in cargo revenues that we look forward to facilitating with Unilode’s ULD management, repair and digital solutions. Start-up airlines are a great addition to our diverse customer portfolio as we can quickly integrate their operations in our network and meet their ULD needs from our existing fleet.
“The supply of containers and pallets is mission-critical, especially for cargo airlines, and we are committed to providing reliable and customer-focused ULD solutions to MENA Cargo Airlines to help them reach their current and future business objectives over the course of our partnership.”