Emirates SkyCargo enters agreements to boost pharma offering

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va-Q-tec MD, Dominic Hyde with Emirates SkyCargo VP of cargo product development and local affairs, Moaza Al Falahi
va-Q-tec MD, Dominic Hyde with Emirates SkyCargo VP of cargo product development and local affairs, Moaza Al Falahi

Emirates SkyCargo has increased its services available to pharmaceutical customers by signing agreements for global container rental services with SkyCell and va-Q-tec adding to its existing cooperation with Envirotainer.

Both deal were signed at air cargo europe in Munich last week and the carrier says both will allow it to offer its customers a variety of specialised temperature controlled containers for pharma or life sciences products.

SkyCell’s Swiss made containers are designed to maintain products at  +2 degrees Celsius to +8°C and +15°C to +25°C safely even under extreme outside temperatures such as –35°C to +65°C. The containers use innovative material technology to recharge in Emirates SkyCargo’s cool chain network enabling “door to door” for a closed supply chain and have close to real-time temperature monitoring capability.

Emirates SkyCargo VP of cargo product development and local affairs, Moaza Al Falahi with SkyCell CEO, Richard Ettl
Emirates SkyCargo VP of cargo product development and local affairs, Moaza Al Falahi with SkyCell CEO, Richard Ettl

Pharma customers can now also choose to have their temperature sensitive shipments transported in va-Q-tainer’ containers – advanced passive containers providing temperature controlled solutions for six temperature ranges from -70°C to +25°C in extreme ambient conditions.

The agreements with SkyCell and va-Q-tec supplement existing in-house pharma offerings which include the Emirates SkyPharma Cool Dolly, which transports cargo from aircraft to storage areas in Dubai maintaining temperatures as low as -20°C and the ‘White Container’- a container coated with insulators to counteract high external temperatures.

In 2016, Emirates SkyCargo launched Emirates SkyPharma- a solution for transporting temperature sensitive pharma shipments and also inaugurated a new state-of-the-art facility at Dubai International Airport dedicated to the transport of pharma shipments.