Cargolux partners with Emirates — what about China?

Today, at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, Europe’s largest all-cargo carrier, Cargolux, and Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo announced an MoU for an expansive “strategic operational partnership”. The deal between the all-cargo and combination carriers includes reciprocal block space and interline agreements, joint handling at each other’s major hubs (Dubai and Luxembourg), and, for Emirates, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 9, 2017

DHL targeting e-commerce, pharma

E-commerce fulfillment, and pharma shipments are two of the fastest growing air cargo segments, and this week DP-DHL subsidiaries, DHL eCommerce and DHL Global Forwarding have announced new facilities and initiatives to support the growth of both. Looking first at e-commerce, on 12 March DHL eCommerce commenced operations at a new fulfillment center in Hong Kong […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 15, 2017

CEIV – Stakeholders must be honest about their limitations

IATA’s CEIV Pharma program has succeeded in making air freight a less risky proposition for pharma shippers, but, as delegates to the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Abu Dhabi learned yesterday, about 25% of vaccines still reach their destination in “degraded condition.” And Andrea Gruber, IATA’s Senior Manager Special Cargo said the air freight industry […]
  • David Harris
  • March 14, 2017

Lufthansa Cargo becomes doubly cool

Lufthansa Cargo’s Frankfurt Cool Center will nearly double in size, from the current 4,500 square meters, to 8,000 square meters. This is yet another indication of the international pharma market’s growing demand for air freight. At a time when the air freight industry as a whole was chastised for its inability to safely transport temperature-sensitive […]
  • David Harris
  • January 10, 2017

Getting pharmaceuticals back in the air

Will CEIV stem the shift of Pharma shipments from air to ocean? The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) is the odd, and not particularly informative name for a program launched by IATA in 2013, with the aim of upgrading and standardizing the entire pharmaceutical supply chain  an effort to convince the life science […]
  • David Harris
  • March 12, 2015

A new pharma facility for AA Cargo

American Airlines recently began work on a new pharmaceutical handling facility in Philadelphia (PHL). Once completed later this year, the 25,000 sq ft facility will be able to handle controlled-room-temperature life-science materials from the “pharma corridor” in the Northeastern US. In addition to handling passive temperature-controlled shipments at various temperature ranges, the hub will also […]
  • David Harris
  • October 6, 2014