AirBridgeCargo Airlines will cater to Basel, Switzerland’s thriving health care industry with the launch of a Boeing 747 freighter service on Sept. 19.
Basel has one of the highest concentrations of life sciences businesses in the world, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical technology organizations.
ABC will operate its new Basel-Moscow Sheremetyevo service every Friday. This will enable AirBridgeCargo’s customers to achieve less than 48-hour connections to major cities in Asia, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Seoul and Tokyo.
“The health care industry relies strongly on the speed of air cargo and its ability to maintain the integrity of products through strict temperature-control services,” Robert van de Weg, senior vice president marketing and sales at ABC, said. “Operating from Basel will enable us to provide a fast and reliable link into Russia and Asia for customers in the industry as well as the other industries that have grown up to support the health care market in Switzerland. This new route and the connections we can offer will facilitate further growth between both regions.”
ABC can adjust each of the Boeing 747’s four cargo compartments to 4-29 degrees Celsius (39.2-84.2 degrees Fahrenheit), ensuring safe transportation for high-value pharma goods.
AirBridgeCargo is represented in Basel by its GSSA partner, RTW Air Services SA.