AirBridgeCargo, CargoLogicAir sign on with IoT firm for pharma tracking

At the Farnborough Air Show today, two cargo carriers – Russia’s AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and London-based CargoLogicAir (CLA) – said they have signed on with “internet of things” (IoT) digital avionics firm, SITAONAIR, to provide real-time monitoring of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo. Through the use of connected electronic sensors, SITAONAIR collects air cargo data provided by its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 16, 2018

DHL Express launches express Mexico-U.S. flights for pharma

DHL Express has launched multiple expedited Mexico-U.S. flights – serving Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey to “most U.S. destinations” – addressing a demand for transportation of pharmaceuticals and biomedical shipments to Central and South America. The logistics giant’s DHL Worldwide Medical Express (WMX) service, launched in 2014, offers dry ice supplies and temperature-controlled packaging fulfillment […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 13, 2018

SkyCell, DuPont partner to improve perishables transportation

Today, Zurich-based cool-chain container firm, SkyCell, and logistics services company DuPont Safety & Construction are entering an alliance to share data and market knowledge in the transportation of perishables. Richard Ettl, CEO of SkyCell, said the company is interested in utilizing DuPont’s innovative cargo covers, especially its Tyvek Cargo Covers, which protect pharmaceutical products from […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 12, 2018

Independence Fray: Taking a holiday on free trade

Today, we at Air Cargo World are taking the day off to celebrate the United States’ hard-won independence from its Mother Country 242 years ago. We Americans will break out the usual red, white and blue bunting and march in star-spangled parades. But this year, the celebration feels a little different – the fireworks a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 4, 2018

Uncertain Certification: Do CEIV-Pharma standards really help?

At an airfreight conference held last fall in Budapest, Marcel Fujike, senior vice president of products and services, global air logistics, for Kuehne + Nagel, commented during a post-roundtable Q&A session about the effectiveness of the growing CEIV standard for pharmaceutical handling. At one point, he remarked, “If we really want to move the industry […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 2, 2018

IAG Cargo launches customer service center for ‘Critical’ clients

U.K.-based IAG Cargo has introduced a dedicated customer service element to its “Critical” product – which was launched in 2016 to cater to forwarders and shippers that deal with last-minute and out-of-hours bookings. Since its debut, the carrier has recorded 5,500 bookings. Last July, it expanded Critical to encompass to temperature-sensitive cargo, in a move […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 2, 2018

MNX Logistics to build a cool-chain pharma facility at JFK

Long Beach-based MNX Global Logistics has opened a 14,000-square-foot “healthcare and life sciences” logistics facility near New York’s JFK International Airport for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo, in compliance with the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standards for the safe transportation of cool-chain products. The company’s CEO, Paul Martins, cites a heightened demand for biologics, cold-chain and medical […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 21, 2018

WorldACD reports ‘serious’ growth in air cargo business, yield

While air cargo growth seemed to cool off a bit in March after its torrid pace through much of 2017, the latest April and first-quarter figures from WorldACD suggest that April saw a more robust year-over-year growth rate for air cargo volume and even more so for air cargo yield. Taking into account the distorted […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 1, 2018

Air France-KLM invests in CSafe’s new cool-chain containers

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has acquired the services of cool-chain container manufacturer CSafe Global to utilize its CSafe RAP active-temperature-controlled containers, specially designed for pharmaceutical transportation. The RAP container – equipped with a compressor-driven cooling and heating system – was approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in January. Designed to keep shipments […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 31, 2018

MAB Kargo pursues CEIV-Pharma certification

Yesterday, another cargo carrier jumped on the pharmaceutical certification bandwagon – Malaysian carrier MAB Kargo, a subsidiary of MASkargo, which is pursuing the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) CEIV-Pharma certification. As the demand for the transportation of pharma products has increased in recent years, so have the standards surrounding the careful handling of the temperature-sensitive […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 24, 2018

AirBridgeCargo, PACTL sign MOU to cooperate with pharma customers in China

To capture some of the growing pharmaceutical air cargo business in China, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd (PACTL) today signed a “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) to  cooperate on providing handling services for time- and temperature-sensitive shipments, such as pharma cargo. Under the MOU, both parties agreed to “develop, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 16, 2018

WFS buys out partners in WFS Ireland joint venture

Paris-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is now the full owner of its former joint venture WFS Ireland, after buying out the minority stakes of its partners, Gerry Jackson and Brendan Byrne. The deal was completed at the end of March. Jackson retired from WFS Ireland at the end of 2017, but Byrne will remain in […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 9, 2018

Virgin Atlantic Cargo gains pharma authorization at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Cargo received a wholesale distribution authorization (WDA) from the United Kingdom’s government for the carrier’s global headquarters operations and its new “Pharma Zone” at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR). The WDA designation was developed by the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), alongside the European regulator for medicines, the European Medicines Agency […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 2, 2018
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