Aircraft can’t operate without passenger baggage and cargo containers being in ample supply to take care of safe and reliable transport of such. Therefore this year’s Air Cargo Europe event in Munich was an ideal platform for Zurich-based ULD management company, Unilode Aviation Solutions to present their programme to the industry.
Judging by the number of visitors to Unilode’s booth in Hall B1, then there must have been quite some interest by airlines who got a view of the company’s product line.
Unilode CEO Benoit Dumont and his team were often involved in deep discussions at the booth and one can imagine that one or the other new deal may well be in the pipeline.
First digitized main deck container
Two such deals were made public during the show:
AirBridgeCargo Airlines with whom Unilode have a long standing ULD management agreement, have together with Unilode now rolled out what they state is the world’s first digitised main deck container. These have been branded as dedicated AMA/AMD fire-resistant containers (FRC) which are all equipped with Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (TPED).
The main deck containers are produced by Nordisk Aviation Products, who have designed them with what they say is the latest technology in fire barriers for aviation. The TPEDs built into the containers are based on Unilode’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 5.0) technology. An important aspect is that the containers’ location can be traced at all times and regular transmissions of inside temperature, humidity, shock and light are available to their users.
Unilode will receive the first half of the AMA/AMD fire-resistant containers by the end of this month, thereby giving ABC ample time to test them on their regular routes. The remaining batch of containers will be on hand by the end of the third quarter this year.
TUI Group airlines announced at the ACE that they have renewed their present ULD management agreement with Unilode for a further ten-year period. They supply and manage containers and pallets for the TUI Group already for the past twelve years. One of the main deciding factors for renewing the contract was that Unilode could offer TUI Group enhanced operational efficiency and hence lower their costs even further.
John Mc Donagh