American Airlines Cargo invests in science and healthcare products
01 / 03 / 2022
By Rebecca Jeffrey
Photo: American Airlines Cargo
American Airlines Cargo has announced a dedicated suite of products and priorities to make it easier for customers to book a variety of life sciences and healthcare shipments.
The life sciences suite offers cargo products designed for time-sensitive shipments. American’s Priority Parcel Service (PPS) or ExpediteFS services provides next-flight booking options, priority boarding and short tender times.
These two products are also customisable, as the airline offers a range of handling and monitoring capabilities based on the level of handling a shipment may need – from prioritised take-off and landing for medical shipments with MEDEVAC service, to monitoring and proactive updates with Critical PPS service.
Also included in the life sciences suite is American’s cold-chain solution, ExpediteTC. This product offers both active and passive temperature capabilities for shipments and has earned the airline IATA’S Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification.
American is currently CEIV Pharma certified for its operations in and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), and Miami International Airport (MIA) with several other key hubs expected within the year.
Jessica Tyler, president cargo and vice president operations innovation and delivery for American Airlines, said: “We are proud to support our customers and partners along the supply chain in transporting important medical and life-saving shipments around the globe. This dedicated product suite for Life Sciences, as well as our continued investment in our cold chain capabilities, is testament to our commitment to this critical market and the people behind it.”
American’s ExpediteTC solution, founded in 2009, also operates with a global network of temperature-controlled facilities, including its dedicated 25,000 sq ft temperature-controlled centre in PHL that specialises in pharmaceuticals.
The airline also recently added two new cooler spaces at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), including a controlled room temperature ranging 15°C to +25°C and a refrigerated cooler ranging +2°C to +8°C, to further enhance handling capabilities for temperature-sensitive shipments traveling across the Atlantic.
The life sciences and healthcare segment has seen a 17% volume increase over the last years across regions the airline serves.