Emirates SkyCargo launches new protection for pharmaceuticals


Emirates SkyCargo has launched a next-generation version of its innovative protection product for valuable temperature-sensitive cargo, such as pharmaceutical products.

The carrier says White Cover Advanced, utilises DuPont’s patented Tyvek material made of high density polyethylene to form a tough protective barrier against varying external temperatures and direct sunlight.

The special material is water resistant to prevent moisture damage while at the same time breathable, thereby reducing condensation and dryness. It is also environmentally friendly and is 100 per cent recyclable.

The White Cover Advanced is an enhanced offering to Emirates SkyCargo’s existing White Cover. While the White Cover is used for perishables, such as vegetables and fresh fruits, it also Advanced offers additional protection for packaged pharmaceutical shipments in controlled room temperature (CRT) range in an insulated packaging.

Weighing no more than three kilograms for Emirates’ largest passenger aircraft pallet, the special sheet completely encloses the shipment and allows for cooling during transportation and cold storage and takes two people no more than eight minutes to wrap a pallet.

Emirates’ cargo operations worldwide senior vice president, Henrik Ambak says: “The pharmaceutical industry moves products worth over $1 trillion annually. Temperature changes during transportation can pose a serious threat to the integrity of these sensitive products.

“They must be kept within different control room temperature (CRT) bands in accordance with the revised EU Good Distribution Practice. The White Cover Advanced, with its silver-coating technology, provides a reliable and affordable means of protecting these products from temperature spikes during air transportation.”

Emirates SkyCargo range of advanced protective techniques and services in transporting perishable products include: Cool Chain Premium, Cool Chain Advanced and Cool Chain Standard, each of which is designed to meet specific requirements of customers.

This includes the Emirates SkyCargo Cool Dolly, equipment that transports cargo from the aircraft to cool storage areas, while maintaining temperatures of as a low as minus 20 degrees Celsius.

The cool chain portfolio is supported by Emirates SkyCargo’s temperature-controlled handling facilities at both its freighter terminal in Dubai World Central’s (DWC) at Al Maktoum International Airport and its Cargo Mega Terminal in Dubai International Airport.