Siemens expands and modernises air cargo center in Saudi Arabia

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June 06, 2018: Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (SACC) has inked agreement with Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) to expand and modernise its airfreight center at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 

Siemens will deploy intelligent software to increase cargo capacity at KAIA in two phases to arrive at a final volume of 820,000 tonnes per year. The contract also covers long-term maintenance of the systems. 

"Our decades of experience and our know-how in air cargo logistics enable SACC to maintain minimum ground handling times," says Michael Reichle, CEO of SPPAL. "As a result, we support the airline’s efforts to further increase its competitiveness."

As part of the agreement, Siemens will implement a fully automated storage system with 700 positions for unit load devices (ULDs) and six elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs). Thirty-three conveyor lines form the interface to the airside. In addition, the facility has around 50 build-up and break-down workstations for containers of various sizes.

Furthermore, it is setting up a large air-conditioned area with over 170 storage positions for perishable goods in dedicated refrigerated and deep-freeze rooms. The intelligent Siemens software Cargo Compact is responsible for control of the entire warehouse system. SPPAL with its local presence in the Middle East is the ideal partner for the project. The regional SPPAL company SD (Middle East) with around 800 employees has been in Dubai for years.

"The 75,000-square-meter cargo handling facility has double area of the current one, estimated at 35,000 square meters.The first phase of the project commences June 2018 and is expected to end November 2019 while the second phase begins June 2020 and ends December 2021 as per the implementation plan," informs Omar Hariri, CEO, Saudia Cargo.

SACC is a subsidiary of the airline Saudia and transports cargo to over 250 destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United Sates.

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