Etihad Airways and Jettainer are extending their cooperation until 2021. The international service partner for outsourced ULD management will continue to manage and maintain the container fleet of the United Arab Emirates’ national airline during the next five years. The introduction of intelligent containers, so-called smart-ULDs, is also planned for this time frame. Smart-ULDs autonomously inform about the containers’ position, temperature or maintenance status.
David Kerr, Senior Vice President Etihad Airways, said: “Etihad Cargo is delighted to continue our relationship with Jettainer, which has proved to be a great partner over the past five years. The renewal of our agreement is testament to our strong collaboration, and will ensure our customers continue to enjoy a consistent delivery of products and services.”
“The cooperation with Etihad Cargo has turned Abu Dhabi into one of our most important hubs. The trust we’ve now been given is a confirmation of our work and an incentive to continue to convince through our best service in the future,” said Carsten Hernig, Managing Director, Jettainer. “Furthermore, Etihad Cargo, as an innovative and growing airline, is an ideal partner to go live with our smart-ULDs.”
Etihad Cargo will be Jettainer’s first customer for the smart containers, which are fitted with GPS for constant trace ability, can autonomously measure changes in temperature, shocks and other external influences, as well as give status updates. This enhances maintenance and management processes. The higher transparency leads to a variety of benefits for costumers such as quality assurance