SIA Cargo signs three-year lease deal for pharma containers

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a three-year deal to lease temperature-controlled pharma containers from SkyCell.

The deal will see SkyCell provide the airline with its THRUCOOL containers.

The units are designed to maintain pharmaceutical products between +2 to +8 degrees Celsius or +15 to +25 degrees Celsius under extreme ambient temperatures.

The containers are also all equipped with sensors which connect to a data cloud for monitoring.

SIA first started using the containers in September as part of the launch of a pharma corridor, which complies with IATA pharma standards, on the Zurich-Singapore-Sydney route.

SIA Senior Vice President Cargo, Chin Yau Seng, said: “The expansion of our THRUCOOL quality corridor network and lease partnership with SkyCell demonstrate our commitment to providing quality-assured dedicated cold chain services when transporting time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. We will continue to improve our service offerings and collaborate with our industry partners to pursue innovation in the shipping of pharmaceuticals.”

“Singapore Airlines is the leading airline in Asia Pacific with a specialized pharma offering and an extensive network. The collaboration will meet the growing demand for reliable and safe pharmaceutical transportation solutions in the Asia-Pacific region and contribute to eliminating temperature excursions for shipments to emerging markets,” said Richard Ettl, CEO of SkyCell.

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