Saudia Cargo has extended a ULD management partnership with Unilode Aviation Solutions for a further five years, until 2028.
Saudia Cargo has access to a fleet of 90 passenger and cargo widebody aircraft and flies to 87 destinations. The passenger and cargo divisions awarded the supply and management of their 21,000-strong container and pallet fleet to Unilode in 2017, which created one of the largest ULD management partnerships in the industry.
Over the past five years, Unilode has transitioned Saudia Cargo to new, 20kg lighter solid door containers, which the company said had enabled significant fuel and carbon emission savings. The new agreement will also see Unilode replace the standard AKE containers with lightweight units from its ULD pool “for additional synergy and sustainability benefits”.
Unilode will provide strategic ULD buffer stock to Saudia Cargo during the Hajj to enable efficient operations during the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Unilode said its ULD management services and digital ULD solutions would continue to enable Saudia Cargo to increase visibility of the supply chain and realise additional e-commerce revenue opportunities.
“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,” said Saudia Cargo’s chief executive officer Teddy Zebitz.
“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.”
Unilode’s chief executive officer Ross Marino commented: “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.”