Korean Air awards ULD management contract to Unilode

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Korean Air has awarded a five-year contract for the management of its fleet of more than 16,000 containers and pallets to ULD management and repair solutions provider Unilode Aviation Solutions.

The agreement sees the creation of one of the largest ULD management partnerships in the industry, as well as the setup of a regional ULD management office at Korean Air's hub in Incheon and the takeover of Korean Air's existing ULD maintenance and repair facility at Incheon International airport.

Unilode will supply pallets and lightweight AKE containers from its global ULD pool and will also manage Korean Air's cool containers and horse stalls. Additionally, it will take care of the supply of pallet accessories within the carrier's global network.

Samsug Noh, Korean Air Senior Vice President Head of Cargo Business Division, said: "One of the main drivers in Korean Air's decision to outsource the management of its entire ULD operations was to be able to reduce ULD imbalances in Korean Air's global network of more than 100 destinations, for which Unilode's ULD pooling model provided the best solution.

“The value of Unilode's ULD management solutions will be further strengthened by its digital transformation programme, which will increase visibility, efficiency and transparency in the supply chain, enabling Korean Air to enhance service delivery to its own customers. We are pleased to award the ULD management agreement to Unilode and look forward to a successful partnership,” Noh concluded.

Unilode CEO Benoît Dumont said: "We are proud to announce such a major ULD management agreement and are honoured to be entering into this long-term partnership with Korean Air.”

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