Jettainer gets EC Air as it first African client
Jettainer, a leading international service partner for outsourced unit load devices (ULD) management, is taking over the supervision and maintenance of containers and pallets for Equatorial Congo Airlines (EC Air). Headquartered in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, the state-owned carrier is Jettainer’s first client on the African continent. With this acquisition, the German company slowly and steadily continues its growth around the world. The EC Air partnership in Africa follows successful partnerships announced late last year with Jet Airways in India and American Airlines in the US. The latest partnership was announced on the sidelines of the Air Cargo Africa 2015, which is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jettainer is also currently present at the Air Cargo Africa 2015, where the company promotes the expansion of its activities in Africa. ”We operate on a global scale and still see high potential for further growth, especially in the Asian market. The recent developments show that airlines around the world are convinced by our innovative complete service for ULDs,” says Carsten Hernig, managing director, Jettainer. Currently, Jettainer manages more than 85,000 ULDs for 16 clients. In order to maintain the airlines, which operate mostly around the globe, the company has developed an international network of locations. Equatorial Congo Airlines will now also be able to profit from this network. “EC Air has since its inception always partnered with the best in class references in the industry. This in support of the objective for EC Air to become the prime airline in the sub region of Africa. We are certain that Jettainer will meet the challenge in our continued growth. EC Air will be operating a total of nine new destinations in Africa, a daily flight to Paris, Dubai and soon also to Beirut. All flights are operated from our hub in Brazzaville,“ says Fatima Beyina-Moussa, CEO, Equatorial Congo Airlines. ”Airlines on the course of expansion are ideal partners for us. The organic growth with existing partners is one of the mainstays at Jettainer. This leads to strong, valuable and lasting partnerships,” added Hernig. According to Don Jacobs, sales director, Jettainer, the EC Air has decided to outsource the management and maintenance of ULDs to Jettainer as soon as they start their operation of flights using wide-body aircrafts. Therefore, the airline is thereby following a trend. “In order to cover the ULD demand, airlines – especially smaller airlines and airlines extending into wide-body operations – increasingly rely on external specialists. This provides additional opportunities. We are expecting to continue our growth with new clients from various regions and several business models in the coming year, “Jacobs added.