AA to add second pharma offering

AMERICAN Airlines Cargo is preparing to add a second product aimed at the pharmaceuticals and health care sector to its line-up. In the coming year it intends to introduce a second-tier offering targeting traffic that balks at the cost of using active temperature control technology.

“We are going to add a passive temperature-controlled product,” said Dave Brooks (right), president of AA Cargo.

In the summer of 2009 AA introduced expedite.TC, a temperature-controlled express service offered in cooperation with Envirotainer. In addition to temperature monitoring at several points during transit and specialised handling, the product has a 100 per cent flown-as-booked guarantee. According to Brooks, it has been well received in the market and shows steady growth. Still, he sees room for a second offering.

“We don’t want to go only after the Envirotainer-type business,” he said. “More and more pharma companies are looking for cheaper ways to move their product.”

For the full story read the latest free digital edition of Air Cargo News, no. 692 dated 13 December, here.

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