1. 2000

    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.

  2. 2001

    ...is born

    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.

  3. 2002

    Unitpool launches

    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.

  4. 2003

    A new model

    Swissport becomes majority owner of Unitpool boosting the credibility of ULD pooling as a business model.

  5. 2007

    New ownership

    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.

  6. 2010

    Unitpool acquired

    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.

  7. 2011

    Growing force

    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).

  8. 2011

    World's largest

    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.

  9. 2012

    Global strength

    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.

  10. 2014

    Expert acquisitions

    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.

  11. 2016

    A new era dawns

    EQT Infrastructure, part of leading private equity group EQT, acquires CHEP Aerospace Solutions from Brambles in November 2016.

  12. 2017

    Unilode launches

    CHEP Aerospace Solutions rebrands the business as Unilode Aviation Solutions in February 2017.

    Benoît Dumont joins Unilode on 1 September 2017 as the company’s new CEO.