WFS opens Copenhagen pharma center

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the ground handler and airport services provider, officially opened its new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). WFS began the upgrade of its CPH facilities 18 months earlier, and has since seen a significant increase in pharmaceutical volumes at the airport, WFS said in a statement. WFS’ new Copenhagen facility features […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 5, 2019

Temperature-controlled products heat up air cargo demand

With news of July being the hottest on record, it seemed fitting that we take a look at temperature-controlled air cargo. Indeed, a number of freight forwarders noted in recent earnings reports that temperature-controlled volumes were a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing first half of the year for air cargo. However, while temperature-controlled products […]
  • Cathy Roberson
  • August 20, 2019

United Cargo expands TempControl network and services

Today, United Cargo announced that it would be expanding its TempControl services for shipping pharmaceutical, helathcare material and other temperature-sensitive cargo to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) through an interline agreement with AeroUnion.  Under the agreement, United Cargo will transport TempControl shipments to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which will then be transferred to AeroUnion’s daily widebody service to MEX. TempControl shipments going to MEX can depart from any certified handling location in the […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • August 1, 2019

Swissport, Brussels Airport plan new pharma center

Today, Swissport announced its plans to develop a new pharmaceutical center at Brussels Airport (BRU).  Swissport’s pharmaceutical center will provide 25,000 square meters of warehouse space, offices and 3,620 square meters of space for temperature-sensitive biopharmaceutical products. The warehouse space will include an automated Material Handling System (MHS), 50 truck loading bays, “speed gates” for air cargo and a four-story office […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 10, 2019

Swiss WorldCargo to offer CSafe RAP containers

Swiss WorldCargo, the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines, is the latest carrier to offer CSafe RAP active temperature-controlled containers on their widebody aircraft, CSafe announced yesterday. According to the statement, Swiss WorldCargo flies to more than 100 global destinations, which “will open several new lanes for the CSafe RAP.” The carrier received its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 3, 2019

United Cargo adds temperature-controlled SkyCell containers

U.S.-based United Cargo signed a lease with SkyCell, the temperature-controlled container manufacturer and lessor, earlier this week to enhance its TempControl pharmaceutical services. Demand for United Cargo’s TempControl services is “increasing rapidly,” President of United Cargo Jan Krems said in a press release, adding that  SkyCell containers will help the carrier offer “extremely precise, long-duration […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 21, 2019

AirBridgeCargo opts for SkyCell passive pharma containers

In a sign of anticipated growth in its pharma vertical, Russian carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is expanding its partnership with temperature-controlled container manufacturer and lessor SkyCell, the two parties announced today in a joint release. AirBridgeCargo said its passive pharmaceuticals shipments increased two-fold in the first quarter of 2019, to around 3,500 tonnes year-on-year, boosting demand […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 18, 2019

SIA Cargo expands pharma corridors, signs lease with SkyCell

Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo has boosted its pharma capabilities with the addition of Amsterdam (AMS) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to its THRUCOOL corridor network. The carrier has also signed a three-year lease agreement with temperature-controlled container provider SkyCell. Customers will now be able to choose SIA’s THRUCOOL service to transport pharmaceutical shipments from […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 13, 2019

Emirates expands pharma corridor network and opens purpose-built facility in Chicago

Emirates SkyCargo has boosted its pharma corridor network from 12 to 20 stations and launched a facility in Chicago dedicated to pharmaceutical shipments. The carrier’s pharma operations in Dubai have also been recertified as compliant with the EU’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements. The pharma corridor program was launched by Emirates in January 2018 and […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 7, 2019

ABC leases ThermoSafe’s PharmaPort 360 active containers

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has signed a leasing agreement for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s active bulk shipping container, the PharmaPort 360. The deal was publicized today at the LogiPharma event in Montreaux, Switzerland. The addition of the active containers to ABC’s routes will bolster its foothold in the movement of pharmaceutical products. Fedor Novikov, deputy director of products at […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 9, 2019

Virgin Atlantic Cargo bolsters presence in Nigerian marketplace

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is responding to demand for inbound air cargo capacity to West Africa – especially healthcare products, like pharmaceuticals – by signing a five-year contract with Nigeria-based logistics company Sifax SAHCOL. Starting this week, Virgin Atlantic’s import and export cargo for the region will be handled in Sifax SAHCOL’s 22,000 square-meter, Lagos-based warehouse […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 9, 2019

SkyCell launches insurance add-on for pharma shippers

Switzerland-based cold chain packaging company SkyCell is now offering an insurance add-on for its pharmaceutical shippers to appeal to shippers of high-value, temperature-sensitive cargo. The new service, which it calls “Peace of Mind,” is backed by an unnamed multinational commercial insurance company and will offer coverage up to US$4 million per container.  The company acknowledged that this offering is a somewhat unconvential addition to a container leasing company’s service portfolio. Paul Martins, CEO of MNX […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 8, 2019

Etihad Cargo renews partnership with MICCO

Etihad Cargo has renewed its partnership with road-feeder-services provider MICCO and will continue to rely on MICCO for road feeder services across that provide greater connectivity to its hub in Abu Dhabi, and neighboring countries. MICCO has operated Etihad’s own road services network – which spans across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, including Dubai, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 4, 2019

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 2, 2019
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