Qatar Cargo teams up with CEVA and SkyCell for pharma shipment

By Damian Brett

Qatar Airways Cargo has transported 56 SkyCell containers with vaccines from one of the largest vaccine manufacturers worldwide on its scheduled freighter and belly-hold cargo flights for its customer, CEVA Logistics.

The 54 tonne shipment consisting of pneumococcal and varicella vaccines were flown from Brussels to Mumbai via the carrier’s hub in Doha on two separate flights.

The SkyCell containers were loaded on Qatar Airways aircraft in Brussels and arrived in Doha where they were stored at the carrier’s airside climate control centre for pharmaceuticals, before connecting on the aircraft to Mumbai the following day.

During the interim storage in the cold chamber, SkyCell’s hybrid containers were able to recharge themselves, extending their long independent runtime for another 72 hours after arrival in Mumbai.

Guillaume Halleux, chief officer cargo, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has indeed created quite a number of challenges for global trade, however air cargo is a resilient industry and we continue to operate our cargo flights, supporting customers to transport their cargo around the world.”

Chiara Venuti, business development director of SkyCell, added: “The Covid-19 crisis leaves no room for error and direct product release without temperature deviation is key.”

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