American Airlines (AA) Cargo has received approval to use Envirotainer e1 and e2 containers, making it the first passenger carrier allowed to use the e2 product.
AA Cargo will be able to accept the containers from 1 November, having received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The airline says the container’s benefits include better insulation, internal space and a battery life of up to 100 hours. The RKN e1 container uses compressor cooling and electric heating for temperature control. Envirotainer says the larger RAP e2 container uses an insulated shell to provide highly temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals with better protection. The e2 is an actively temperature controlled container, which can be set between zero and 25 degrees Celsius.
AA Cargo manager of cold chain strategy, Tom Grubb says: “American is extremely excited to have received our approvals for carriage of the Envirotainer e1 and e2 containers. With these options, American continues enhancement of the Expedite TC service offerings and can provide the capabilities desired by our customers.”
Envirotainer chief executive officer, Simon Angeldorff says: “Following the FAA approval of our RKN e1 and RAP e2 containers, this news from our long-standing partner American Airlines Cargo contributes to a growing Envirotainer network, increasing availability and flexibility for our customers.”