CHEP drums up new contract in the pacific

CHEP Aerospace Solutions, with its headquarters in Zurich have announced another lucrative ULD supply and management deal, this time with Hawaiian Airlines.
CHEP which labels itself as the leading independent provider of Unit Load Devices announced that the Honolulu based carrier has signed a full five year agreement with them for the supply and management of ULD’s for their fleet.

Hawaiian Airlines has become CHEP’s latest client  /  source: HA
Hawaiian Airlines has become CHEP’s latest client / source: HA

The deal is for CHEP to provide Hawaiian with containers and pallets from their global stock of over 58,000 ULD’s.
CHEP will also ensure that Hawaiian Airlines will step by step transition over from their present stock into much lighter and thereby environmental friendly containers with the aim of more fuel saving for the carrier.

Tim Strauss, Hawaiian’s Director of Cargo Sales and Services states, “as we expand our operations with a growing fleet of aircraft and additional destinations, we also value the flexibility of being able to adjust ULD stock levels on a monthly basis. The supply and management by CHEP Aerospace Solutions, our partner in repair and maintenance of ULD’s since 1999, will further reduce costs and increase efficiencies.”

Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, CHEP’s President added, “we are delighted that Hawaiian Airlines has joined our growing list of ULD management customers and we are now able to provide one of the largest US carriers with our all-inclusive ULD management solution.”

CHEP, alongside the Frankfurt-based Lufthansa daughter, Jettainer, have together more or less total control over the supply, repair, maintenance and management of ULD’s and pallets worldwide.
More and more carriers are moving towards outsourcing their cargo equipment procurement and handling to such companies.
This makes a lot of sense in this day and age where cost effectiveness is of utmost importance.
CHEP, which is fully owned by Brambles Limited, the Australian-based supply-chain logistics company, also supplies carriers with passenger aircraft galley carts.

In the past, carriers would “pretend” to have control over their ULD and pallet stocks.
In reality, they were losing millions of dollars every year trying to trace and transport empty equipment from one airport to another.

The ULD management and supply method offered today, leaves the carriers with far less overheads in this area as well as having to dedicate less staff to managing and controlling their stocks.

The formula is seemingly very simple.
CHEP manages the whole process by using stocks from Unitpool, which is a 100 percent daughter company of theirs. Alongside this, there are three maintenance and repair companies integrated into the process with a network at more than 350 airports with 50 certified repair centers.

John Mc Donagh

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