Champ’s ULD Manager exploits ULD’s value as an asset

There are over a million of them in use, with a collective value of over US$ 1 billion, and every year airlines spend over US$ 200 million maintaining, repairing and replacing them. It’s the Unit Load Device, and despite its familiarity and ubiquity it’s actually a very valuable asset that needs to be managed. Managing […]


There are over a million of them in use, with a collective value of over US$ 1 billion, and every year airlines spend over US$ 200 million maintaining, repairing and replacing them. It’s the Unit Load Device, and despite its familiarity and ubiquity it’s actually a very valuable asset that needs to be managed. Managing global ULD inventories is a major challenge for airlines, but the benefits of effective managementare many and varied:

• Stock levels at stations are controlled to ensure availability

• Demurrage charges and revenues arising from transfers of ULDs between interline partners and forwarders are optimised

• Real time visibility of ULD location and condition enables the ‘inventory buffers’ required to ensure stock availability to be minimised

• Patterns of delayed return, loss and damage to ULDs assist in identifying causes for reduced levels of operational stock

The realisation of these benefits has been the driver behind the development of CHAMP Cargosystems’ ULD Manager system which is now being production launched. This Java-based and web-enabled application replaces the current system of the same name that is used today by 28 airlines, including carriers such as Air China, Air New Zealand, Gulf Air, China Eastern Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines.