SIA launches Thrucool pharma product

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched a Thrucool product to transport high-value, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled pharma and healthcare shipments.
Thrucool offers dedicated cold chain services, said SIA in a statement, including "priority uplift and handling, quick ramp transfers at airports, cold room facilities, thermal blankets and covers for crucial insulation".
SIA has partnered with terminal operator SATS, ground handler Cargologic and Qantas Freight to launch an IATA CEIV Pharma certificated "quality corridor" along the Zurich-Singapore-Sydney route as an initial offering.
SIA senior vice president cargo, Chin Yau Seng, said: "As the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to be CEIV Pharma-certified, the launch of Thrucool reinforces our commitment to provide customers dedicated cold  chain  services when transporting time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments.
"We are acutely aware of the life-saving role these shipments play  in  societies  across the world and Thrucool is our assurance that our customers’ cargo will receive the best care not only on our flights but also on the ground during transit.
"We will continue to collaborate with our  industry  partners  to  expand  our  network  of quality corridors to further promote  the  integrity  of  pharmaceutical  products  in their journey across key trade lanes."
SIA was the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to be awarded the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification and is part of international and regional CEIV  communities such as Pharma@Changi, and Pharma.
Aero, which jointly pursue innovation in the shipping of pharmaceuticals. The CEIV Pharma certification imposes extensive standards that adhere to guidelines set under the European Union’s Good Distribution Practice, and World Health Organization Annex 5 Good Distribution Practices for Pharmaceutical Products.

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