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Emirates SkyCargo in pharmaceuticals push

UAE carrier introduces service to ensure secure transportation of temperature-sensitive shipments

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Dubai: Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, said on Monday it is introducing a service to ensure the secure transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments.

The service, pharma corridors, will offer additional protection across selected stations in the network for pharmaceutical cargo.

Emirates Skycargo said it is working with ground-handling partners at multiple cities to ensure that handling operations for pharmaceuticals at these stations is uniform and compliant with guidelines.

The freight unit will then be able to provide supplementary protection of product integrity during the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo through these cities.

The first 12 stations in Emirates Skycargo’s pharma corridors are Amsterdam, Brussels, Bengaluru, Cairo, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Milan, Rome, Shanghai and Singapore. Emirates said further cities are expected to be added over the course of the year.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ divisional senior vice-president for cargo, said the company is actively exploring the roll-out of dedicated pharma flights across its network.

“We realised that it was essential to work with our partners on the ground at the various stations in order to ensure that pharmaceutical cargo travels under the best conditions... right from the point the cargo gets dropped off at the origin airport until it is collected at the destination airport,” he said in a statement.