A new concept...
Swiss Cargo, the independent cargo division of Swissair, appoints a project team to study the feasibility of pooling ULDs with partner airlines with the aim of reducing costs and improving efficiencies.
The concept of ULD pooling is launched and developed in a separate company trading as Globepool Ltd. within the SAirGroup (holding company for Swissair) to pool for members of the now defunct Qualiflyer Alliance.
After the demise of Swissair, the company, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, is renamed to Unitpool and the founders find financial backing to bring their idea to fruition.
A new model
Swissport becomes majority owner of Unitpool boosting the credibility of ULD pooling as a business model.
Swissport sells the majority of its shares in Unitpool to Aviation Services Holdings (ASH), in a management buyout backed by private equity and led by Dr. Ludwig H. Bertsch as chairman of the board.
Unitpool is acquired by Brambles Limited, a supply chain logistics company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and operating in more than 50 countries primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands.
Brambles acquires two well-established global ULD and galley cart repairs specialists: JMI Aerospace (with repair stations in Los Angeles, and across Australia and New Zealand) and Driessen Services (with repair shops in Europe, the USA and South East Asia, respectively).
Brambles launches CHEP Aerospace Solutions integrating Unitpool, JMI Aerospace and Driessen Services to form the world’s largest independent network of pooled ULDs and repair centres.
CHEP Aerospace Solutions acquires the repair shop of ULD manufacturer Nordisk Aviation Products located in Copenhagen, Denmark, and integrates it into its repair network.
CHEP Aerospace Solutions also acquires eps-Aircraft Services, a ULD and galley cart repair service provider based in Frankfurt, Germany.
CHEP Aerospace Solutions acquires Airworld Services and Airworld Containers, specialist ULD maintenance and repair companies with facilities at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and East Midlands airports.
A new era dawns
EQT Infrastructure, part of leading private equity group EQT, acquires CHEP Aerospace Solutions from Brambles.
CHEP Aerospace Solutions rebrands the business as Unilode Aviation Solutions.