Air Cargo Europe: Jettainer strikes ULD deal

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Jettainer is taking over the management of unit load devices (ULD) for Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia within the Thomas Cook Group airlines.

The ULD outsourcing company announced the deal at the Air Cargo Europe exhibition and conference in Munich on Tuesday 5 May.

Jettainer managing director, Carsten Hernig, says the deal is positive in two ways as it is renewing business and helps it gain further market share.

Jettainer has already been working for Thomas Cooks’ Condor airline since 2006, which is one of the four airlines in the group. ULD management will continue with Condor and start with the other airlines around September to October. Jettainer will make available and manage about 1,800 ULDs, which will be a mix of what it calls “ultra-light” containers.

Jettainer says the ULDs weight will be between 58 and 99 kilogrammes, reducing fuel consumption, costs and carbon emissions.

Thomas Cook Group Airlines director of ground handling procurement, Arne Kirchhoff, says: “This not only pays off in financial terms, but also matches our efforts to provide environmentally friendly air traffic operations in an ideal manner.”

Hernig tells Air Cargo Week there are more opportunities in the marketplace and Jettainer is negotiating with other carriers to manage their ULDs.

“We see the interest rising with other big carriers in the world who are outsourcing ULDs. They are changing their business to outsource ULDs,” Hernig explains.

In 2014, Jettainer grew by 10 per cent and this year, Hernig hopes 10 per cent will be the minimum growth figure it will achieve.