AA Cargo starts work on Philadelphia pharma hub

AMERICAN Airlines (AA) Cargo has started construction of a 25,000-sq ft pharmaceuticals hub in Philadelphia, writes Thelma Etim, deputy editor.
It is designed to cater for a full range of temperature-sensitive products being shipped in and out of the strategically important north-east ‘pharma corridor’ and includes a 6,000-sq ft area for Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) passive shipments managed at +15°C and +25°C, along with sections for maintaining  +2°C to +8°C and -10°C to -20°C consignments.
The opening of the hub – scheduled to be completed in September – will coincide with the roll-out of a full ExpediteTCsm cold chain programme across the newly merged American network, a statement reveals.
“This new pharmaceuticals centre will enable American’s provision of state-of-the-art, dedicated services for our life-science and healthcare customers. Coupled with our proven handling processes, this facility will complement our existing temperature-sensitive infrastructure enhancements throughout our network”, reveals Jim Butler, president of AA Cargo.

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