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 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 19, 2019

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 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 18, 2019

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, […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 15, 2019

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 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 14, 2019

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, […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 14, 2019

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 13, 2019

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 13, 2019

Pushed to the limits: As Beijing and Chengdu prepare to become multi-airport cities, where will the cargo flow?

Growing pains In Nanjing, Thursday is the best day to eat at Mrs. Huang’s Yunannese cuisine restaurant. Why? Because it is the day that long dou, or dragon bean, shipments from China’s central Kunming province arrive in Nanjing, which is located in the eastern province of Jiangsu. According to Mrs. Huang, she and her husband could not serve certain traditional dishes […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 11, 2019

Nallian to launch pharma track-and-trace app

Next week, Belgium-based IT company Nallian is launching a new track-and-trace platform that it calls the “Global Pharma Tracker,” during IATA’s upcoming World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Singapore, where it will present the new offering and share details of its early adopter program. “Users of the Global Pharma Tracker will leverage the benefits manifold: internally, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 8, 2019

IAG Cargo opens pharma center at MAD, taps Latin American market

Today, International Airlines Group (IAG) Cargo opened its new 900 square-meter pharmaceutical center at Madrid International Airport (MAD), which the carrier said will primarily serve the growing Latin American pharmaceuticals market. IAG Cargo’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP)-certified facility is divided into two temperature-controlled rooms, which will be used to hold goods transported via the carrier’s […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • February 26, 2019

Turkish Airlines signs deal for use of DoKaSch’s Opticoolers

Combination carrier Turkish Airlines has signed a rental agreement with DoKaSch for use of its temperature-controlled “Opticooler” containers, designed for pharma-industry clients. The Opticooler uses active cooling technology, meaning that it uses a battery-powered motor to control products’ temperatures, so that the cargo can travel of longer distances without risk of spoiling. Turkish Airlines said […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 20, 2019

WFS to build new pharma facility in Copenhagen

Paris-based cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) announced its plans to build a new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Construction of the facility will begin in April. The new building will cover an area of 1,500 square meters equipped with temperature-controlled facilities for 2°C to 8°C pharmaceutical products. The building will be accessible through […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • February 13, 2019

Peli BioThermal opens new drop-off point for Credo on Demand in Jeddah

Temperature-controlled packaging company Peli BioThermal has opened a new drop point for its “Credo on Demand” rental program in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – largely to address demand for transportation of cool-chain and healthcare industry products in the Middle East. The company’s Uber-esque rental program offers clients the ability to rent its line of Credo on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 12, 2019

Following the Pack: Reassessing often-overlooked cool-chain packaging

On Dec. 13, Southwest Airlines flight 3606 was 35,000 feet above Idaho en route from Seattle to Dallas when the captain announced to passengers that the plane was turning around and heading back to SeaTac – a measure that is only taken in the most critical of circumstances. In fact, the incident made headlines on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019
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