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Siemens to expand Saudi Airlines Cargo air freight hub

SDI Logistics Co.,Ltd | Updated: Jun 12, 2018

SAUDI Airlines Cargo Company (SACC) has signed an agreement with Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) to expand and modernise its air freight hub at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah.

Siemens will utilise intelligent software to raise cargo capacity at KAIA in two phases to reach at a volume of 820,000 tonnes per year. The contract also covers long-term maintenance of the systems, reported Mumbai's STAT Times.

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

As part of the deal, 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. The facility will also have 50 build-up and breakdown workstations for containers of different sizes.

In addition, it is setting up a large area with 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. 

"The 75,000-square-metre cargo handling facility has double area of the current one, estimated at 35,000 square metres. 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," said Saudia Cargo CEO Omar Hariri.