AF-KLM focuses on pharma, inks deal with SkyCell

Today, Air France–KLM–Martinair Cargo (AF–KLM) said it is expanding its relationship with the Zurich-based cold-chain container firm SkyCell to improve pharmaceuticals logistics and reduce temperature excursions.  The carrier is a prominent mover of temperature-sensitive cargo. In 2018, it saw significant growth in its container business segment (which encompasses shipments that utilize both active and passive […]

Finnair’s Fredrik Wildtgrube sees a bright digital future ahead for cargo

Last month, Finnair Cargo announced a new partnership to market its belly capacity on the increasingly popular cargo management app, cargo.one, which is already used by industry giants like Dachser and Lufthansa Cargo. Finnair has been pushing for new technology to streamline the cargo process for years, but the carrier is hardly a newcomer to […]

dnata strengthens BRU regional position with new cargo center

Today, Dubai-based ground handler dnata opened a new cargo center at Brussels Airport (BRU), strengthening the airport’s regional positioning with increased capacity and specialized facilities. dnata invested EUR €8 million in the development of 14,000 square-meter cargo center, which includes 4,500 square-meters of warehouse space and the capacity for 125,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. […]

American Airlines Cargo promotes its time-critical service

American Airlines Cargo is seeking to strengthen its foothold in time-critical airfreight, promoting its Critical Priority Parcel Service (PPS) with a campaign called “All eyes on.” Critical PPS oversees shipments of highly valuable cargo, such as human organs and pharmaceutical products. The promotional video, released this week, shows its internal shipment monitoring in action. “We […]

UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]

Vietnam approves plans for cargo expansion at SGN

Today, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport approved the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) – which operates 21 of the country’s airports – to invest in the expansion plan for Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), designed by French airport operator Groupe ADP’s consulting subsidiary, ADP Ingénierie (ADP-I). Alongside a third passenger terminal and parking area south […]

Cargolux leases Thermosafe’s PharmaPort containers

Luxembourg-based Cargolux is bolstering its cold-chain capabilities in a new deal with temperature-controlled packaging company Thermosafe for use its PharmaPort container – an active bulk shipping container with data-collection enablement – across its international network. Cargolux is a prominent international carrier of pharmaceuticals and the first airline ever to obtain its Good Distribution Practice (GPD) […]

Sichuan Airlines preps for dual-airport operations in Chengdu

Sichuan Airlines is preparing to launch dual-airport operations in Chengdu from both its current home base at Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) and the city’s new Tianfu International Airport (no IATA code yet), for which construction is slated for completion at the end of this year.   As part of this new dual-airport cargo strategy, Sichuan Airlines will conduct all its dedicated freight aircraft and international cargo operations at Tianfu Airport, while […]

Anchorage planning new facilities to support transfer program

To benefit its unique cargo transfer program, Alaska’s Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is planning the construction of new infrastructure, including an air cargo building, e-commerce facility and parking spaces.  Located between Asia and the Americas, ANC leverages its strategic location by offering a cargo transfer program that allows foreign airlines to transfer cargo between carriers at the airport, before continuing from the airport on to other destinations in […]

Top 5 takeaways from 2018 airport cargo throughput

Last year, the world’s top 20 cargo airports by volume handled some 51 million tonnes of cargo, comprising 42 percent of total airport cargo throughput in 2018, according to preliminary world airport rankings released this week by Airports Council International (ACI). Although in many cases, airports closely tracked the overall market’s low-digit growth for 2018, […]

DFW takes community approach for CEIV-Pharma certification

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) announced today that its logistics partners dnata cargo USA, SCL Cold Chain, B.I.G. Logistics and Expeditors were awarded IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceutical handling at DFW. After Miami International Airport (MIA), DFW is the second North American airport with a CEIV-certified pharma community […]

Cathay Pacific joins Pharma.Aero initiative

Today, Cathay Pacific Airlines became a full member of the Pharma.Aero initiative, a cross-industry collaboration for pharmaceutical shippers, CEIV-certified cargo communities, airports, forwarders and other air cargo industry stakeholders. Pharma.Aero was initially formed between Brussels (BRU) and Miami International (MIA) airports in 2016, and seeks to improve reliable, end-to-end air transportation and handling of high-value, […]

Standards needed to protect booming Asian pharma market

SINGAPORE — While much of the air cargo market has had its hiccups so far this year, one constant has been the strong outlook for the Asian pharmaceuticals market, which is expected to grow 8.3 percent by 2021 — that is, if the air cargo business can keep it well protected and cool enough in […]

The invisible factor contributing to the pharma digitalization delay

SINGAPORE – Technology geared toward improving the transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo is better than ever. However, there was a consensus during yesterday’s pharma-focused panel discussion, “Discussing air freight operational challenges,” that there is still a long way to go before the industry catches up with the capabilities of today’s technology. A study from Aspen Global […]
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