Oman Air Cargo has signed a five year unit load device (ULD) outsourcing contract with Jettainer, effective from today (5 October 2017).
The airline will utilise lightweight ULDs constructed from carbon fibre as well as partly recycled composite materials, which Jettainer says will result in reducing CO2 emissions, improve payload and increase fuel efficiency.
Jettainer’s management solutions will reduce Oman Air’s existing container fleet by about 20 per cent to 1,200 units.
Oman Air’s ULD fleet includes 600 aluminium AKE containers, and these will be replaced by lightweight AKEs, and another 200 lightweight containers will be added to the fleet as part of its expansion in the near future.
Oman Air senior vice president commercial cargo, Mohammed Al Musafir says: “Our agreement with Jettainer comes at a time of excellent growth and modernisation of the cargo division, as we continue forward with our aggressive growth plan. We are confident Jettainer is a partner that shares our positive outlook and offers us the right services and technology to further improve our offerings.”
Jettainer managing director, Carsten Hernig adds: “We look forward to work with Oman Air, a very successful and rapidly growing global airline from the Middle East. We are proud that we are able to stand out from our competitors with our smart solution, which is the combination of Jettainer’s experts, technology and ULD hardware.”
A team of Jettainer ULD controllers are based at Oman Air Cargo’s operations centre in Muscat.
Systems rollout, training and operational transfers have been completed by a joint project team, and all ULDs will be maintained by Jettainer at Muscat International Airport and in Jettainer’s global repair network.