The U.S. carrier and the German lessor of temperature-controlled containers have inked a global rental agreement allowing United Cargo customers to lease DoKaSch-provided shipping containers directly from the airline. It is an industry first that might trigger follow-up agreements with other carriers.
Was it a precautionary measure to ensure that the agreement would actually bear fruit, or why did the ULD provider and the U.S. airline not announce their cooperation until 30APR20, exactly four
weeks after the operational start of their deal?
First user cases
Hard to say, but the fact is that the first results are promising. Since the project was kicked off on 01APR20, a total of 8 DoKaSch manufactured, large RAP Opticoolers were provided to UA Cargo, then requested and handed over on a rental basis to its customers. Each container of the RAP series is able to accommodate the equivalent of 5 Euro Pallets or 4 CP1 Pallets, enabling pharmaceuticals, vaccines, or other temp sensitive items to be transported at constant temperatures, ranging between +2°C and +30°Centigrade, depending on the commodity. According to the producer, the thermal insulated and battery cooled RAPs maintain a stable interior climate even if ambient temperature reaches +50°C or -30°C, provided the battery is charged at warehouses prior to flight or the unit is connected to main power during ops.
UA Cargo might be a trail blazer for similar rental deals
United Cargo president, Jan Krems lauded the deal, saying: "It’s more important than ever to move critical medical shipments and other temperature-sensitive cargo swiftly and safely to destinations across the globe.”
The manager went on to say: “We are proud to be the first North American carrier to sign a direct rental agreement with DoKaSch. This agreement not only offers TempControl customers more options to suit their needs but allows us to provide an innovative solution to keep critical supply chains moving during the COVID-19 crisis."
Like the UA Cargo Chief, Andreas Seitz, Managing Director at DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, also stresses the relevance of the agreement. “Reliable air cargo options for pharmaceutical products are always in high demand, and this is even more true as the world confronts the COVID19 pandemic,” Seitz said.
“With closed borders and new restrictions every day, a reliable transport infrastructure for extremely sensitive pharmaceutical products is crucial. Together with United Cargo, we can help sustain a stable global pharma logistics network.”
RAP Opticooler provider DoKaSch Temperature Solutions expects the monthly demand for the cool boxes by UA Cargo customers to reach double-digit figures in the weeks ahead. Yearly, the management estimates the RAP numbers rented by UA clients for the completion of pharma and similar temp critical transports will exceed 100 units.
“We assume that other airlines are also interested in a similar agreement. What matters now, is that the rental project between United and us is successful and becomes internationally known,” states the DoKaSch manager.
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