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Unilode – outsourced ULD management and MRO solutions and galley cart repair services

Klaus Dengler, Managing Director Europoles Suisse GmbH), René Vuillemin, (Managing Director Europoles Suisse GmbH)

Unilode manages the largest global fleet of approximately 120,000 Unit Load Devices (ULDs) providing outsourced ULD management solutions for more than 40 airline customers. Unilode also operates the world’s largest repair network for containers, pallets and galley carts with 50 stations at key airports, 30 of which are owned by Unilode.

ULD management

Running a fleet of containers and pallets is often mission-critical for airlines, with the risk of unforeseen costs never far away. Unilode’s ULD management and supply solutions allow airlines to reduce their costs, increase operational benefits and focus on their core business of flying passengers and cargo.  Unilode provides tailor-made outsourcing solutions to meet the specific needs of customers’ business and enhance their operations. 

Unilode supplies the right ULDs in an airworthy condition, in the right place and at the right time, every time. Unilode works closely with airlines to deliver total cost of ownership (TCO) clarity through an initial cost audit and analysis and then provides the right solution for their network, either through Unilode’s container and pallet pool or a dedicated ULD fleet.

Unilode provides an initial capital injection for customers by acquiring their ULD fleet, and then removes future CAPEX requirement by purchasing containers and pallets for fleet growth and replacement.

Unilode customers pay an all-inclusive fee per month per ULD which also includes the maintenance and repair of containers and pallets with assured airworthiness to certified industry standards. Unilode’s smarter ULD solutions ensure greater flexibility for airlines by allowing scalable and flexible ULD stock adjustments to accommodate changes to their network and aircraft fleet.  

Unilode can also secure fast transition to lighter containers as the company has converted its entire fleet of LD3 containers used by passenger airlines to lightweight units, which reduce carbon emission by 30%, increase cargo capacity and revenue, and reduce maintenance and repair costs.

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ULD and galley cart maintenance and repair (MRO) solutions

Unilode is the world’s leading ULD and galley cart maintenance and repair services provider, operating a network of 50 certified repair stations, 30 of which are owned by Unilode. Unilode’s MRO solutions remove the burden and unnecessary costs of shipping damaged equipment back to the airline’s hub and increase space for revenue-generating cargo. Unilode guarantees the quality and airworthiness of containers, pallets and inflight food service equipment, and ensures that customers gain accurate insight into the repair process. 

Unilode’s regional management teams, skilled technicians, strong OEM relationships for technical and spare parts support, and CAA, CAAS, CASA, EASA and FAA Part 145 certifications ensure quality, fast turnaround times and value for money. Unilode’s unique repair management software ACTIS delivers total cost of ownership clarity including full visibility on parts usage and labour costs for its customers.

In addition to the core ULD and galley cart maintenance and repair solutions, Unilode also offers container assembly, ground support equipment (GSE) and pallet net repair services.

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About Unilode

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Unilode employs over 600 aviation professionals across more than 40 locations and serves 450 airports. The company’s roots stretch back to the original ULD management pioneer, Unitpool, which introduced the ULD outsourcing concept to the aviation industry in 2002. After leading the way for nearly a decade, Unitpool merged with ULD and galley cart repair and maintenance specialists Driessen Services, JMI Aerospace and Airworld to become CHEP Aerospace Solutions in 2011. In November 2016, the company was acquired by EQT, a leading private equity group, and rebranded as Unilode Aviation Solutions. 

We look forward to finding out more about your business needs and showing you how we can deliver smarter ULD and inflight equipment solutions to you over the course of our relationship. For more information on our complete ULD management solutions, or to know more about our ULD and galley cart maintenance and repair services, contact our experienced team today.

Contact details

Unilode Aviation Solutions

Steinackerstrasse 2
8302 Kloten

Tel: +41 43 255 4141

Fax: +49 9181 896-1115



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