Etihad Cargo adds CSafe Global’s RAP containers to PharmaLife service

By Rachelle Harry

Etihad Cargo is rolling out temperature-controlled container firm CSafe Global’s RAP containers across its network, as part of its PharmaLife service which offers both active and passive container solutions for various temperature requirements.

The move follows Etihad becoming the first carrier in the middle East to receive the IATA CEIV Pharma certification in early 2019.

The carrier is already using CSafe Global’s RKN containers in its PharmaLife service.

“Following a vigorous testing process, the carrier has now approved the use of the CSafe RAP on its aircrafts to offer customers continued assurance of compliance and temperature-control along with the largest payload capacity in the industry,” a spokesperson for Etihad Cargo said.

CSafe said its RAP containers have a battery life of more than 120 hours and have a payload compartment of 6.68m cu, which “easily accommodates up to four standard US pallets or five standard Euro pallets”. They use heating and compressor-driven cooling technologies and advanced insulation to maintain constant payload temperatures ranging from -30°C to 54°C.

Fabrice Panza, manager of global cool chain solutions at Etihad Cargo, said: “As an IATA CEIV Pharma certified carrier, we take the transportation and handling of pharmaceutical shipments very seriously, adhering to the strictest processes with the very best in class equipment that ensures the best quality handling in the quickest time.

“The addition of the CSafe RAP further enhances our customer offering by completing our active cool chain portfolio. Through this partnership we are now able to provide the largest and most high-tech solutions of active containers worldwide.

“We are confident as market demands become stronger for vaccines and clinical trials that we are ready to offer quality along with enough capacity to our customers.”

Patrick Schafer, chief executive of CSafe Global, added: “CSafe has the highest quality and best performing products in the industry, as well as the ability to guarantee availability anywhere in the world. We are delighted to be able to offer this new option to Etihad Cargo’s customers.”

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