Lufthansa Cargo has become one of six airlines worldwide to be awarded International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification.
The certification covers airline operations and the 4,500 square metre Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center in Frankfurt and it awarded the certificate following independent specialists reviewing processes using its Cool/td Active and Cool/td Passive products.
Lufthansa Cargo board member for product and sales, Alexis von Hoensbroech says: “Being one of the first airlines worldwide to receive IATA’s new international certificate is the fruit of the work we have done on our Cool/td product over the last few years.”
He adds: “CEIV certification by IATA – combined with further innovations and product improvements – will help make us an even more attractive proposition to our customers from the pharmaceutical industry. That’s why we will continue to invest in our infrastructure and processes.”
IATA global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes says: “In achieving IATA CEIV Pharma certification across its global network, Lufthansa Cargo joins an elite group of six airlines whose customers can have even more confidence that their pharmaceuticals will be delivered in impeccable condition.”
Lufthansa Cargo says it has been investing heavily in technology, infrastructure and processes such as developing Opticooler with Dokasch, a refrigerated container that does not need dry ice. The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center, which opened in 2011 offers four cold-storage rooms at different temperatures and a deep-freeze room ensuring required temperatures are guaranteed for each and every piece of cargo.