Pharma.Aero gains two new members, first in ME

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Pharma.Aero recently announced two new Full Members to its air pharma network: Etihad Cargo and Air India SATS.

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, positions itself as the first Middle East airline to hold both of IATA’s CEIV Fresh and CEIV Pharma certifications, and one of the two carriers globally to claim this dual honour.

Air India SATS, being a joint venture between Air India Limited and SATS Ltd, was formed with the vision to provide world-class airport services in ground and cargo handling solutions to its customer airlines.

“We are delighted to be a part of the Pharma.Aero ecosystem,” says Ravinder Bolangdy, head cargo, AISATS.
“To be included in their network is a key milestone for AISATS as we pursue industry collaboration to aid our long-term goal of building a pharma corridor in India.

“As an industry leader in air cargo, we are committed to driving strategic growth, overcome new challenges, and support our industry to achieve excellence in reliable end-to- end air transportation for pharma shippers”, Bolangdy adds.

Andre Blech, head of Cargo Operations and Delivery at Etihad Aviation Group, says: “Our membership with Pharma.Aero is a testament to the progress Etihad Cargo has made over the past 18 months as we continue to drive forward our ambition to provide reliable end-to-end air transportation for perishable and pharmaceutical shippers.”

Welcoming the new members into the Pharma.Aero community, Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero says he is looking forward “to their active contribution in our project groups to further improve air pharma handling processes in collaboration with the pharmaceutical manufacturers.”

He adds that as the first Middle East carrier to join Pharma.Aero, Etihad Cargo marks the expansion of its global membership into that region.

And with the current COVID-19 crisis impacting global cargo movement, Pharma.Aero, in collaboration with STAT Trade Times, will be launching three executive webinars examining the impact on the life science and MedTec air freight sector. The webinars will be held 7 & 28 May and 18 June.

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