Lightweight in the air: CHEP and Air Europa extend ULD management partnership

March 3, 2016

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.”