Forwarder turned freight aircraft operator Geodis has signed a five-year agreement with Unilode Aviation Solution to supply, manage and repair unit load device (ULD – airfreight containers).
At present, Geodis leases one A330-300 aircraft, converted into a freighter, and flies to Amsterdam, Chicago, Stansted and Hong Kong to fill the gap in regular airline schedules during the pandemic.
Unilode’s chief commercial officer, Marc Groenewegen, said: “Geodis’ investment into its own dedicated aircraft is a great example of freight forwarders taking ownership to overcome air cargo capacity shortages. From Unilode’s pooled ULD fleet we are able to quickly supply containers and pallets needed for GEODIS’ freighter aircraft operations. Additionally, we also reduce costs and carbon emission associated with the repositioning of damaged equipment, as Unilode has its own ULD repair centres.”