K+N acquires New York-based time-critical logistics services company

Swiss forwarder Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) is bolstering its foothold in time-critical logistics with the acquisition of Quick International Courier, a New York-based consortium of logistics services companies, with a focus on the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. “Kuehne + Nagel’s M&A [mergers and acquisitions] strategy is focused on expanding our footprint,” said Detlef Trefzger, CEO […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 21, 2018

I saw a film today, oh boy: A day in the life of Finnish pharma [VIDEO]

We all know what cargo looks like being processed in an airfreight facility, but have you stopped and thought what it must be like for the cargo itself? Now this burning philosophical question has been answered, thanks to Finnair. The Finland-based carrier’s 360-degree video showing its internal airport operations is the psychedelic air cargo eye-candy you […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 16, 2018

Panalpina earns GDP cert at Singapore facility

Swiss forwarder Panalpina has gained the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification for the proper handling of pharmaceutical products at its facility in Singapore. With the GDP certification, which was issued by the Singapore Health Science Authority (HSA), Panalpina can “store, handle and distribute medicines in the local market” and “ship them abroad on behalf of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 15, 2018

Delta Cargo offers CSafe RAP containers to customers

Delta Cargo is further bolstering its reputation as a cool-chain cargo carrier with the introduction of CSafe RAP containers to its equipment offerings, appealing to pharma-shipping customers with the same kind of temperature-controlled containers that are used by carriers like United Cargo and Virgin Atlantic. “Alongside our joint-venture partners, Air France-KLM Cargo and Virgin Atlantic […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 15, 2018

LATAM Cargo expands pharma-handling services in London

Chile-based LATAM Cargo is expanding its footprint in the European pharmaceutical sector, adding its “pharma passive” service in London Heathrow Airport (LHR) – a pharma-specific infrastructure that sustains the product in a 15° to 25°C range. The carrier already operates its “pharma active” service through the LHR hub, which protects commodities in the -20° to […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 4, 2018

Panalpina gains GDP cert at Bogotá location

Today, the Bogotá branch of Panalpina has been certified by the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) program for the handling of medical products, following the completion a two-day audit from SGS, an international inspection and verification company. “We see great growth potential in this business area, considering that the growth rate of this industry in Colombia […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 27, 2018

Emirates flies record volumes of vaccine to Brazil amid health crisis

Early yesterday morning, an Emirates SkyCargo 777F arrived at Belo Horizonte Airport (BHZ) in Brazil with more than 25 tonnes – or 1.8 million doses – of vaccines flown in from Milan. The occasion marks both the largest shipment of vaccines the carrier has ever moved in a single flight and the largest reception of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 15, 2018

Pelican BioThermal opens Frankfurt facility

Minnesota-based, temperature-controlled packing company Pelican BioThermal has opened a new facility in Frankfurt, expanding the service network of its “Crēdo on Demand” program, which offers its reusable parcel shipping containers to shippers on a rental basis. The new location will be in close proximity to Frankfurt Airport (FRA), making the company’s line of temperature-controlled packaging […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

IAG Cargo carries vaccine to Venezuela in wake of diphtheria outbreak

As the economic chaos in Venezuela slowly morphs into a humanitarian crisis, the air cargo industry is stepping in to help bring aid to a new healthcare threat in the troubled South American country. U.K.-based IAG Cargo, in partnership with Indian biopharmaceutical company, Biological E. Limited, said it has shipped more than 5 tonnes of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 13, 2018

TLX Cargo releases thermal cover with phase-change material

United Kingdom-based TLX Cargo has launched a new cargo cover that it said is the first on the market to incorporate phase-change material (PCM), a substance that absorbs and releases thermal energy to help protect cargo containers from temperature incursions. Innovations like the TLX PCM, based on the same thermal cooling systems used on engines […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 6, 2018

IAG Cargo to launch ‘only direct flight’ from LHR-PIT

U.K.-based IAG Cargo, the airfreight arm of the IAG Group, released news of its plans to launch “the only direct flight” from Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Pittsburgh Airport (PIT) in the United States – service that will commence on April 2 of next year, to operate four times per week, year-round. The export-oriented U.S. hub […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 30, 2018

Swiss WorldCargo obtains CEIV-Pharma certification

Zurich-based carrier Swiss WorldCargo, the air cargo division of Swiss International Airlines, has gained its CEIV-Pharma certification this week, assuring that all segments of its supply chain network, operating in more than 84 countries, meet the strict temperature-control standards set by IATA. The carrier, while small, has carved out a niche in the sector of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 24, 2018

United Cargo leases cool-chain containers from ThermoSafe

Cool-chain container company ThermoSafe, subsidiary of Sonoco, has gained United Cargo’s business for the leasing of the “PharmaPort 360,” a temperature-controlled bulk shipping container designed for the movement of pharmaceutical products – enabling United Cargo’s clients to lease the containers directly from the airline. The smart containers hold a +5°C temperature setting for long periods, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 24, 2018

K+N releases positive 2018 figures in first-half statement

Today, Switzerland-based forwarding giant Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) released its first-half results for 2018, reporting an airfreight volume increase of 18 percent over 1H17 to 863,000 tonnes. Operating profit (EBIT) in the Airfreight segment increased 20 percent in the half to US$182 million. Looking at the quarterly level, tonnage volume for Q1 increased by 21 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 19, 2018
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