AirBridgeCargo pharma volumes grow 60% in 2018

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) saw demand for its ‘abc pharma’ product surge 60% year-on-year in 2018, “significantly” outpacing the market average increase of 10% for pharma volumes.
The Russia-based B747F operator is promising "more specialist cool chain solutions in 2019" after extending its network of IATA CEIV Pharma and Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) certified stations in 2018.
The Volga-Dnepr subsidiary also enlarged the number of temperature-controlled containers it offers, to include the latest RAP size units with higher payload capacity, and increased the number of temperature loggers authorised for airfreight transportation.
In addition, ABC provided pharma customers with the ability to request specific equipment to monitor and track each shipment’s environment throughout the transportation process.
Fedor Novikov, global director, pharma, at ABC, said: “In 2019 and beyond, we aim to further enhance our abc pharma product as we continue to speak with one language with other cool chain stakeholders.
“As part of this, we have been helping to better inform our customers and partners by offering specialist training in handling pharmaceutical shipments as part of our continuous learning concept, which trained more than 120 international specialists in 2018.”
He continued: “We plan to develop the close cooperation between the three key cool chain partners – the airline, freight forwarders and pharma manufacturers – to ensure we consistently deliver effective logistics solutions which, ultimately, contribute to our shared objective of helping consumers and patients enjoy longer and healthier lives.”
ABC started to develop its specialist pharma services in 2016 and is now an active member of industry associations and special initiatives, such as pharma.aero and Pharma Gateway Amsterdam (PGA).