AirBridgeCargo in record pharma shipment

By Rachelle Harry

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has moved 41 RKN containers — a “record amount”, it said — for DSV on a scheduled flight from the Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Shanghai, China.

The carrier flew the containers, which were manufactured by CSafe Global and contained more than 30 tonnes of temperature-sensitive pharma, on the lower and main decks of a Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines said that from January to June this year, it has managed to achieve a 60% uptick in temperature-sensitive pharma cargo, amounting to a total of 11,000 tonnes.

“Its dedicated team of specialists across the entire network has been on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19 to spin much-needed healthcare shipments and provide white-glove services to its customers worldwide,” the carrier said.

Yulia Celetaria, global director of pharma at AirBridgeCargo Airlines, added: “This transportation, to some extent, is the rehearsal to check that we are prepared for the Covid-19 vaccine, once its testing is finalised.

“For the last five years, we have deepened our cooperation with providers of temperature-sensitive containers and now, in the middle of the pandemic, we are in constant contact with our trusted partners, Envirotainer, SkyCell, va-Q-tec, DoKaSch, CSafe, Sonoco and others regarding strategic container reserve.

“Last year we successfully gained our IATA CEIV Pharma re-certification, which stands as an industry commitment to be a reliable partner of cold chain and keep 100% vaccine integrity.”

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