Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced THRUCOOL, a new speciality product for the transport high-value, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical cargo.
As part of the move to provide quality assurance for its pharma shipments, SIA has partnered terminal operators SATS and Cargologic, along with Qantas Freight to launch a ‘quality corridor’ along the Zurich-Singapore-Sydney route as an initial offering.
Complying with standards adopted from the IATA CEIV Pharma programme, the quality corridor addresses the industry’s need for safety, care and efficiency in the transportation of pharmaceutical and healthcare products, the carrier says. “This reduces the potential for product loss attributed to handling and environmental factors such as temperature excursions during carriage,” it adds.
SIA’s new THRUCOOL product on the other hand, offers dedicated cold chain services to safeguard the integrity of pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments during air transportation.
These include priority uplift and handling, quick ramp transfers at airports, cold room facilities, as well as thermal blankets and covers for crucial insulation from external factors. Customers can also opt to place shipments in temperature-controlled containers, and track their location during shipping.
SIA senior vice president Cargo, Chin Yau Seng, says: “As the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to be CEIV Pharma-certified, the launch of THRUCOOL reinforces our commitment to provide customers dedicated cold chain services when transporting time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments.
“We are acutely aware of the life-saving role these shipments play in societies across the world and THRUCOOL is our assurance that our customers’ cargo will receive the best care not only on our flights but also on the ground during transit.
“We will continue to collaborate with our industry partners to expand our network of quality corridors to further promote the integrity of pharmaceutical products in their journey across key trade lanes,” Chin adds.
SIA was the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to be awarded the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification and is part of international and regional CEIV communities such as Pharma@Changi, and Pharma.Aero, which jointly pursue innovation in the shipping of pharmaceuticals.
The CEIV Pharma certification imposes extensive standards that adhere to guidelines set under the European Union’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP), and World Health Organization Annex 5 Good Distribution Practices for Pharmaceutical Products.