AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and SkyCell are moving to meet the rising demand for pharmaceutical transport by sealing a deal for the lease of all types of SkyCell’s temperature-controlled containers. At ABC, the global volume for such high-value shipments doubled in Q1 2019 to around 3,500 tonnes, the carrier says.
“With SkyCell containers we have increased the total number of cold-chain special packaging solutions partners aiming at embracing all leading manufacturers to cater to the needs of different customers,” says Fedor Novikov, deputy general director, Products, AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
“SkyCell data-collection enablement supports our intention to move further with ‘Internet of Things’ penetration into the industry and step aside from peer-to-peer data sharing to information transparency and availability. On top of this, it fosters an extra piece of mind for our customers to have real-time data in one click,” Novikov adds.
The SkyCell line of passive containers is capable of keeping the internal temperature within the range of +2° to +8°C and +15°C to +25°C under external temperature excursions from –35°C to +65°C to meet the requirements of various pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as logistics companies involved in a complex transportation process.
SkyCell highlights it is constantly pushing for innovation and better services adding that for every shipment, SkyCell experts use the SkyCell Transport Planner for risk assessment and define lane SOPs together with the shipper, freight forwarder and airlines, producing a comprehensive lane risk analysis.
“ABC has one of the most modern airline fleets and, like SkyCell, is committed to greater transparency in the industry. Together we strive to make pharmaceutical logistics safer, more reliable and more sustainable,” says Richard Ettl, CEO of SkyCell.
AirBridgeCargo, through its dedicated ‘ABC pharma’ product, continuously reinforces its team of experts, expanding its pool of special packaging manufacturers and implementing the latest digital solutions, it says. ABC also constantly deepens its field-specific knowledge, sharing it with customers and partners through educational workshops and aircraft tours.