IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award finalists focus on ULD tech

For the third year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the names of three finalists for the organization’s Air Cargo Innovation Awards. This time, all three focus on the same piece of equipment in the supply chain: the ubiquitous unit load device (ULD). IATA’s judges winnowed down the short list of finalists from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 20, 2019

ABC inks short-term agreement with Jettainer for special cargo

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has signed a leasing agreement with Jettainer on a short-term requirement that will grant the carrier access to the company’s fleet of ULDs – addressing demand for transportation of “special cargo,” such as live animals and automotive equipment. ABC said it experienced 25 percent growth in its volumes of special cargoes last year, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 19, 2019

Unilode inks contract with Thailand-based NokScoot Airlines

Today, Unilode Aviation Solutions said it signed a new contract with Bangkok-based NokScoot, bringing its client tally for ULD management up to 45. NokScoot’s CEO, Yodchai Sudhidhanakul, said the partnership will “provide us with peace of mind,” regarding its cargo operations while it continues to focus on its passenger business. “One of the key arrangements […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 7, 2019

ABC expands its track-and-trace offerings with Unilode

Specialty cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC), a subsidiary airline of the Volga-Dnepr Group, is investing further in its track-and-trace offerings with the extension of its longtime cooperation with Swiss unit load device (ULD) supplier Unilode, in which ABC is upgrading its Bluetooth tracking devices for ULDs, pallets and containers. The transmitting portable electronic devices (TPEDs) will […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 18, 2018

China Airlines’ ramp operations for ULDs go paperless

In an effort to reduce its reliance on paper-based system and improve efficiency, China Airlines told Air Cargo World today that it has completed testing of its Mobile Ramp Project, which involves the use of handheld digital devices that can scan and track each ULD as they are loaded. The Taiwan-based carrier has been using […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 17, 2018

Delta Cargo launches Bluetooth-based ULD tracking services

Delta Cargo is extending its track-and-trace unit load device (ULD) services outside of the physical bounds of airports, enabling customers to now track their cargo from warehouse to final destination with Bluetooth technology. The extension of service will also mean that the need for paper-based processing at the dock door, where units are loaned out, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 10, 2018

Keeping Track & Trace: High-tech tools bring supply-chain transparency

For cargo shipments, it may seem like keeping track of them in real time or tracing their journey, back to their origins, would be a simple proposition. We’ve had radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for decades, yet the tiny space within the fuselage of a freighter or the apron of a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 4, 2018

Nepal Airlines chooses Unilode for ULD service on new A330-200s

Nepal Airlines has signed a five-year agreement with Unilode Aviation Solutions for the supply and management of unit load devices (ULDs) for its two new A330-200 aircraft. The airline said it chose Unilode, in part, due to its ability to pool airlines’ ULDs together, “based on their respective monthly stock allocation,”  which the company describes […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 27, 2018

Cathay concludes real-time tracking test with Unilode, OnAsset

After working with unit load device (ULD) management firm Unilode Aviation Solutions and supply china data management company OnAsset Intelligence, Hong-Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific said it has completed a field test of a ULD track-and-trace system that supplies data to customers in real time. Powered by Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) beacons, the ULD system was tested […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 26, 2018

SkyCell, DuPont partner to improve perishables transportation

Today, Zurich-based cool-chain container firm, SkyCell, and logistics services company DuPont Safety & Construction are entering an alliance to share data and market knowledge in the transportation of perishables. Richard Ettl, CEO of SkyCell, said the company is interested in utilizing DuPont’s innovative cargo covers, especially its Tyvek Cargo Covers, which protect pharmaceutical products from […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 12, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Thinking inside the ‘Bunyan Box’

  Now that it’s July, when Americans are celebrating their independence, it seems fitting to spotlight a 60-year-old American innovation that changed the way the industry protected its precious cargo. Searching for a way to ensure that perishable airfreight could be quickly loaded and unloaded from cargo holds, while still protecting it from spoilage and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 9, 2018

CSafe Global receives FAA approval for RAP ULD container, set to launch in 2018

Long-ignored by many in the air cargo industry, ULD’s are getting their time in the sun in the form of investment as the industry revisits the cargo storage devices’ utility in transporting high-value goods. CSafe Global’s RAP ULD container is the latest to gain FAA approval, in response to what the ULD manufacturer called, “increasing […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 30, 2017

Silk Way West to operate with ACL Airshop’s ULD tracking tech

After less than one month on the market, ACL Airshop’s real-time Bluetooth-enabled ULD tracking technology is already translating into more cargo business, as carriers take steps to eliminate so-called “black spots” from the airfreight supply chain. “Improved ULD logistics has become one of our strategic focuses, as it directly contributes to the bottom line, while […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 24, 2017

Growing global economy expected to be a boon for ULD market

When the air cargo industry is booming, as it is now, the good times can be felt in many areas of the supply chain – the airfreight container business is no different, according to a recent report’s conclusion the unit load device (ULD) business should grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 10, 2017
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