Lightweight in the air: CHEP and Air Europa extend ULD management partnership
CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) pooling and repair solutions, and Air Europa, Spain’s leading privately owned airline, have renewed their ULD management partnership for a further five years.
This partnership will see CHEP continue to supply its sustainable ULD pooling model to Air Europa, with the additional benefit of converting 770 containers to CHEP’s lightweight units. This new development demonstrates both Air Europa and CHEP’s commitment to minimising their environmental impact, and a joint goal of seeking further sustainability opportunities in the future.
Furthermore, this renewed partnership also marks a significant milestone in CHEP’s efforts to reduce the CO2 emission in the aviation industry as CHEP now provides all its passenger airline customers with lightweight LD3 containers from its pool of 90,000 ULDs.
Air Europa’s Handling Contract Manager, Mauro Rodriguez, said: “We have built a strong relationship with CHEP over the years and have particularly valued the flexibility to adjust our ULD needs to our growing aircraft fleet without any financial and operational hassle. As sustainability is high on Air Europa’s agenda we have also decided to switch to lightweight containers to reduce our carbon footprint and fuel costs. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with CHEP.”
CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, said: “Air Europa is one of our most loyal customers and we are proud that in addition to renewing our partnership we have also completed the transition of all our passenger airline LD3 containers to lightweight units weighing between 55 and 65 kg. Customer retention is just as important as new business wins as it proves the value of our asset management solutions, people and continuous improvement, and we are pleased to be able to play a part in our customers’ ambitious growth plans.”
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Air Europa was founded in 1986 as the airline of Globalia Corporacion Empresarial, one of the largest touristic groups in Spain with its headquarter in Palma de Mallorca. Air Europa is full member of the Sky Team alliance and operates over 170 daily flights on domestic, European, North African and transatlantic routes with Madrid as its major hub. Its fleet comprises of 17 Airbus A330, 20 Boeing 737-800, 11 Embraer E-195 aircraft and will add 22 new Boeing B787 from 2016. For further information, please visit www.aireuropa.com
CHEP Aerospace Solutions, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, manages the world’s largest independent ULD fleet and owns the largest global network for the maintenance and repair of ULDs and galley carts. The company focuses on the outsourced management and associated services for aviation containers, pallets and inflight food service equipment. CHEP Aerospace Solutions serves over 80 airlines through a network of more than 420 airports, 14 regional offices and 48 certified repair stations, supported by more than 550 colleagues. CHEP Aerospace Solutions is part of Brambles Limited. For further information, please visit www.chep.com/aerospace and www.brambles.com.