Brussels Airlines Cargo gains CEIV pharma certification

21 / 02 / 2018

  • IATA's Glynn Hughes (C) and Brussels Airlines' Alban François (R) and Reinout Puissant (L)

IATA has awarded Brussels Airlines Cargo its Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification.

The certification was announced at the ongoing Air Cargo India event in Mumbai.

IATA had reviewed the carrier’s processes in recent months and assessed Brussels Airlines as showing the required quality in its pharma handling.

A statement from the carrier noted that – as part of the Brussels Airport Pharma Hub – Brussels Airlines Cargo has invested in its pharma handling across its entire network, ensuring high quality service to pharmaceuticals partners.

Brussels Airlines cargo business development & interline manager Reinout Puissant said: “CEIV certification is about implementing the right processes and creating a culture of continuous awareness in order to raise the quality level of our services on a daily basis.

“During this journey and through local and international cross-industry collaboration (such as Pharma.Aero), Brussels Airlines Cargo is engaged in an open dialogue with pharma shippers and forwarders. The most important element is to increase the end-to-end transparency for all stakeholders.”

Pharma.Aero, jointly founded by Brussels Airport and Miami International Airport, is focused on improving pharma handling and quality in the global air cargo industry. Brussels Airlines is one of its many member carriers.

Brussels Airlines vice president cargo Alban François added: “Temperature-controlled shipments have become a very important segment in the air cargo market.

“This CEIV certificate is a reward for the commitment of our company towards reliable pharma transport.”

Brussels Airlines’ pharma-related transport business grew by 56% in 2017. Pharma now make up 10% of the airline’s cargo activities.

Brussels Airlines, part of the Lufthansa Group, currently flies 48 aircraft making some 250 flights a day. It connects the Belgian capital to 90 cities in Europe, 24 in Africa, three in North America and Tel Aviv and Mumbai.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights.

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