With worldwide air traffic impacted by the measures to contain COVID-19 Jettainer is working to ensure the right unit load devices (ULDs) are in the right place.
In China in particular, predominantly in Shanghai (PVG), the demand has recently increased significantly. The growing number of charter flights with medical equipment or humanitarian freight mainly explains the unpredictable need of ULDs, Jettainer says.
Whether for the suitcases of returnees, who the countries fly home in large-scale return campaigns, as well as for freight deliveries, including respiratory masks and other important goods, Jettainer says it is securing the necessary supply of ULD for short-term needs.
“The corona pandemic shows more clearly than usual how important airfreight traffic is for the supply of population and industry. However, usually defined flight schedules are currently often determined by short-term planning and ad hoc changes,” it notes.
So far, more than 500 cargo and special flights have been carried out, amongst others transportation of stranded EU citizens, as well as of urgently needed cargo. As a result, there is an increased over- or understock of loading devices at different locations, Jettainer says.
At some destinations, ULDs are required where none of the Jettainer customers have their own stocks. The company is coordinating closely with the responsible task forces that were introduced to fulfil the need for short-term ULD handling. In addition to the containers, Jettainer also provides pallet stacks and nets for cargo securing on passenger seats so that customer airlines can also load shipments to exceptional destinations such as Lima, Auckland or Christchurch.
“Especially in emergency and crisis situations airfreight is of central importance,” says Thomas Sonntag, managing director of Jettainer. “With our international network we can provide the required unit loading devices quickly and flexibly. I would like to thank the entire team that is doing its utmost for days to meet the increasing demand for short-term solutions.”
Jettainer’s global leasing offer for ad hoc needs, JettLease, also assists in this endeavour. Jettainer provides existing customers, but mostly non-ULD customers with units at stations that are outside of their regular flight schedule.