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Swiss WorldCargo chooses ULD management specialist Jettainer


25.07.2006, Zurich, Switzerland; Raunheim, Germany; Denver, USA – Swiss WorldCargo, the air cargo division of Star Alliance carrier Swiss International Air Lines, 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 specialised in niche markets including those requiring individual containerisation 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.”

Jettainer, a joint venture of international airfreight carrier Lufthansa Cargo AG (LCAG) and mobile asset management specialist TrenStar Inc., offers one-stop ULD management services that enable airlines to reduce costs and improve operational performance by outsourcing their ULDs to the expert hands and global pool of a specialist ULD management company.

Swiss WorldCargo is the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines AG. With a worldwide network serving more than 150 destinations in more than 80 countries and a broad spectrum of services, Swiss WorldCargo earns genuine added-value for its customers and makes a substantial contribution to the earnings of SWISS.

Jettainer is the leading international service provider for outsourced ULD management. Established as a joint venture in 2003, the company operates the largest outsourced ULD fleet in the world from 400 stations worldwide. Jettainer offers airline clients including Lufthansa Cargo and US Airways higher availability of ULDs, economies of scale gained from combining fleets, increased savings on purchasing, better repair contracts, decentralized maintenance for faster repairs, continuous engineering of ULDs, and a standardized fleet. The primary shareholders of Jettainer are mobile asset management company TrenStar Inc. headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and Lufthansa Cargo, one of the world’s largest international airfreight carriers, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Jettainer is headquartered in Raunheim, Germany.


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