Amerijet International Airlines has become the first all-cargo airline to earn IATA CEIV Pharma certification, receiving the certificate on 27 June.
The airline has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and processes over the last few years to ensure safe handling and transportation of high-value and temperature sensitive cargo.
The airline transports over 136 million kilogrammes of freight a year including 30 million kilogrammes of temperature controlled products, and Amerijet’s Temperature Controlled handling facility at Miami International Airport includes a custom-built cooling facility equipped with active alarm systems, temperature data recorders and 24/7 CCTV monitoring.
Computer monitored pharmaceutical cooling chambers provide storage environments for ambient 15-25C, chilled 2-8C and frozen -0C shipments.
Amerijet International Airlines president and chief executive officer, Vic Karjian says: “Being the first all-cargo airline from the U.S. to receive the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics is a direct result of hard work and the investments we have made over the last few years to our Temperature Controlled program.”
Amerijet vice president of airport operations, Rasheme Richardson adds: “Complying with the healthcare cold chain logistics standards, expected from pharmaceutical manufacturers and life sciences companies, helps to support the global healthcare initiative of putting patient safety first.”
IATA global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes says: “We congratulate Amerijet for their achievement in meeting shippers’ expectations in terms of standardisation and transparency. This will contribute towards developing a stronger, more competitive and enhanced air cargo service for pharmaceuticals in North and Latin America for this vital sector.”