Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is expanding its pharma capability in France through partnerships with trucking companies for temperature-controlled trucking.
WFS says the GDP-certified (Good Distribution Practice) Pharma trucks support the sustainable cold chain requirements of its airline clients moving shipments from the French provinces to Paris CDG Airport for international air cargo distribution.
The new Pharma trucks are positioned in Bordeaux, Mulhouse, Lyon and Strasbourg and will initially offer a weekly schedule departing every Friday evening to WFS’ EUR 10 million Pharma Centre at Paris CDG.
The trucks are capable of transporting 23 Euro pallets and offer a 2-8°C temperature environment. Services ex Lyon also provide a 15-25°C temperature option, a solution which can be expanded to the rest of France if needed, according to the cargo handler.
“WFS has launched these services to support the development of our airline customers’ growing pharmaceutical volumes in these provinces,” says Laurent Bernard, WFS’ VP Cargo France.
“Having already made a significant investment in a world class Pharma facility in Paris, these new vehicles extend our temperature-controlled handling services into more regions of France and will help our customers gain a bigger share of the Pharma markets in these areas by enhancing the integrity and visibility of cold chains,” Bernard adds.
WFS, the world’s largest air cargo handler, has been investing significantly in its Pharma handling capability in the last two years. It currently operates 14 dedicated Pharma facilities in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Cork, Dublin, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Miami, New York JFK, as well as its state-of-the-art Pharma Centre at Paris CDG. Every facility is either IATA CEIV or Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certified or compliant. WFS EMEAA also has Pharma infrastructure in Bangkok and is in the process of GDP certification.