AirBridgeCargo transports vaccine manufacturing equipment


AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), one of the leading air cargo carriers for transportation of special cargo, has been aiming at 360-degree support of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing, including through stable shipments of vial-producing equipment.

A total of 840 tonnes of equipment enabling automation lines for the manufacturing of coated cyclo olefin (COP) polymer vaccines containers will be delivered from August until the end of the year from Frankfurt to Atlanta  onboard Boeing 747-8F in co-operation with ABC’s long-standing partner, Streck Transportges who worked in tandem with Zahoransky.

Yulia Celetaria, global pharma director, AirBridgeCargo Airlines comments: “We have already witnessed an emerging demand for COVID-19 vaccine-related shipments, covering vials, ampules, injectors, as well as production equipment. It is amazing to realise that the equipment we transport today will facilitate the production of more secure plastic vials made of COP which we might be delivering later with COVID-19 vaccines inside, once the Phase 3 trials are finalised. With 30 years of experience in the air cargo industry and in-depth knowledge of healthcare logistics, many customers call on our high-quality services, capable fleet, extensive network and certified personnel to guarantee safe and reliable transportations, especially when it comes to special cargo.”

It is expected that more than 50% of COVID-19 vaccines will be airfreighted with the major manufacturing regions being located in India, China, UK, USA and Europe. AirBridgeCargo Airlines, as well as other carriers within the Volga-Dnepr Group, has been gearing up its capabilities for vaccine transportation through temperature mapping of all freighters within the Group fleet, working under various options for vaccine delivery onboard all types of the Group freighters – Boeing 747F, Boeing 737F, Boeing 777F, An-124-100/150, Il-76TD-90VD – and regular shipments of other vaccines.