SAS to extend partnership and transition to lightweight containers with CHEP

March 23, 2016

SAS, the largest airline group in Scandinavia, and CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) pooling and repair solutions, are extending their ULD management partnership for a further five years with added sustainability benefits included as part of the new agreement.  

SAS has already made significant progress towards achieving its long-term sustainability goal but with CHEP’s new lightweight containers, they will be even closer. SAS has chosen to use CHEP’s 65kg containers which are over 20% lighter than its existing units and are a perfect match for its modern fuel-efficient aircraft fleet. SAS will save over 13,000 tonnes of CO2 during the five-year term of the new agreement with CHEP.   

SAS’s Head of Network and Revenue Management, Kenneth Fuhrmann, said: “You should never change a winning team, so the decision to extend our ULD management partnership with CHEP wasn’t a difficult one. We have been very satisfied with CHEP’s services, people and global network in the past five years, and are pleased the new agreement will enable us to use lightweight containers. CHEP’s smart pooling model with significant synergies, network overlaps and repair shop in Copenhagen increases our cost savings and CO2 reduction and we look forward to our continued partnership.”

CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, said: “SAS is a valued customer who regards CHEP as a strategic partner, able and willing to help achieve corporate targets. SAS’s commitment to the highest service standards towards its passengers and cargo customers requires the same business culture from its partners and we are pleased to have met SAS’s expectations.”    

Further information:

Kenneth Fuhrmann
Head of Network and Revenue Management
Tel: +45 3232 5890

Melinda Ferreira
Manager, Marketing
CHEP Aerospace Solutions
Tel: +41 43 255 4150


SAS is the multinational flag carrier for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and is the largest airline in Scandinavia. It operates 152 aircraft with further 51 on order, and serves over 110 destinations. SAS is one of the founding members of Star Alliance, and flies more than 28 million passengers a year. SAS has been awarded Europe’s Best Airline on several occasions and is also one of the most sustainable airlines in the industry. For further information, please visit

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 and