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Cathay Pacific Cargo develops solution for vaccine distribution

Cathay Pacific Airways made this announcement:

Cathay Pacific Cargo has built on its many years of experience in transporting pharmaceutical shipments to develop a vaccine solution specifically for the fast and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the globe.

Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Tom Owen said: “With our 20 dedicated freighters and cargo bellies of passenger aircraft supporting our extensive freighter network, we stand ready to assist with what will be the biggest humanitarian response to a situation involving civil aviation that anyone has ever seen.”

Ultra Track

Cathay Pacific Cargo is progressively rolling out Ultra Track as a key part of the vaccine solution. The next-generation track-and-trace system monitors information including temperature, GPS location, and humidity, using low-energy Bluetooth readers. This gives shippers and forwarders near real time visibility, and ensures vaccines will remain within their transportation temperature ranges.

Operations Control Center

In addition, shipments using Ultra Track will also be monitored by the newly established Operations Control Centre. Based in Hong Kong, and staffed by dedicated cargo professionals 24/7, the team can instruct ramp and cargo terminal staff to take proactive steps to ensure the various storage requirements of vaccines are maintained.

Owen said: “Ultra Track will allow forwarders to monitor the condition of their vaccine shipments in near real time. It will be progressively rolled out through the first quarter of this year, and we will be offering the service free of charge for any COVID-19 vaccine shipments.”

CEIV Pharma accreditation

The combined approach follows on from an airport-wide recertification of IATA’s CEIV Pharma accreditation (the internationally recognized quality-assurance scheme for pharmaceutical shipments) at Hong Kong International Airport. Cathay Pacific Cargo, the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal managed by Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and ground-handling subsidiary Hong Kong Airport Services (HAS) have all been re-certified, offering a complete level of quality assurance at every stage of the import and tran-shipment journey.

Airport Authority Hong Kong General Manager Aviation Logistics Alaina Shum said: “Hong Kong International Airport advocates and supports the airport community in its CEIV Pharma recertification, which helps to cement its status as the world’s leading and busiest cargo airport.”

The Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal is being expanded to offer more temperature controlled capacity. While it is currently able to temporarily hold and transit 6.6 million doses of vaccine a day, there is more to come. Cathay Pacific Cargo’s Owen says: “We have just expanded so that it can handle more than seven million doses, and there will be more cold storage coming online soon. This new cold room storage will be able to handle a further 1.6 million doses.”

“With the vaccine being so valuable and in such limited supply, it’s critical that we get it right at every stage of the journey. We are confident about meeting the challenge, and we stand ready to play our part.”

To read more about Cathay Pacific Cargo’s vaccine-handling capabilities, please click here.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cathay Pacific Cargo has been operating a full freighter schedule using its fleet of 14 Boeing 747-8F freighters and six 747-400ERFs (Extended Range Freighter). It has also operated thousands of pairs of cargo-only passenger flights, some with cargo loaded in the passenger cabins, and chartered hundreds of pairs of flights from its all-cargo subsidiary Air Hong Kong to add additional air freight capacity.

Former "Hong Kong Trader" special livery

Above Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Cargo Boeing 747-867F B-LJA (msn 39238) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 951742.

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AirBridgeCargo promotes its new “pharma” service, arrives in Budapest

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AirBridgeCargo has made this announcement:

At AirBridgeCargo, we understand your mission to help people live longer, happier and healthier lives. We are experts when it comes to transporting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and life-saving medical equipment across the globe. From vaccines, laboratory equipment, MRI/MRT machines to blood samples and beyond: AirBridgeCargo is your partner with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. When a cool chain has to span across continents, you can count on our cargo experts and modern freighter fleet to make it happen. Always. Worldwide.

Always delivered as promised:

  • Exact temperature monitoring from acceptance to delivery
  • Special packaging solutions and thermal blankets for palletized shipments
  • Dedicated, skilled staff trained in handling healthcare products
  • Full compliance with IATA TCR and CEIV certification
  • Customer service support 24/7, online track&trace option for all shipments
  • QEP certified network

Innovative healthcare logistics that deliver:

  • Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 with three compartments enabling different temperature settings from 4°C to 29°C
  • Temperature control facilities on majority of stations throughout the ABC network
  • High-tech pharma hub at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport with effective connections to deliver cargo worldwide
  • Tailor-made logistics solutions based on your individual requirements

State-of-the-art solutions to ensure your cargo arrives in perfect condition:

abc pharma active is the solution for time and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products that need to be shipped in active containers. A variety of containers is used to keep healthcare goods as protected as possible, including dry ice technologies. Goods shipped are kept at a constant temperature throughout the entire cargo journey. Use of active containers mitigates risks for ambient temperature influence on healthcare products.

abc pharma passive is a solution for prepackaged pharmaceutical products. Within required temperature ranges and by seasonal consideration of routes, healthcare goods are shipped efficiently and effectively.

In other news, AirBridgeCargo Airlines launched bi-weekly frequencies to Budapest in the pursue to accommodate growing volumes between Europe and Asia. The new service, deploying Boeing 747 freighters, adds to the emerging network of destinations AirBridgeCargo currently offers, totaling them to 11.

Both Tuesday and Saturday flights will guarantee up to 139 tons of available capacity, covering the entire cargo catchment area of Budapest, as well as Central and Eastern Europe, and guaranteeing expertise in transportation of all types of cargo.

Budapest airport and AirBridgeCargo Airlines have held a launch event to make Boeing 747 freighter touch down memorable for all the guests, with representatives from Hungarian government, local freight forwarding community and media specialists. All the guests could watch offloading procedures live and enjoyed gala-dinner afterwards as an excellent opportunity for networking and peer meeting.

At the flight launch ceremony Levente Magyar, deputy foreign minister of Hungary has emphasized the role Budapest Airport plays in further developing the aviation connectivity of the country, and praised the fact that AirBridgeCargo has chosen Budapest as its new Central and Eastern European hub for widening its international network. He also pointed out that logistics and transport are traditionally successful areas of the Hungarian economy also due the country’s ideal geographical location.

AirBridgeCargo has been expanding its international route network, leveraging customers’ expectations and providing value-added services, powered by the latest IT technologies for all types of cargo, including pharmaceuticals, oversize and heavy, perishables, live animals, and others. At the moment it operates more than 60 weekly flights from Europe, thus boosting outbound traffic and connecting customers to the rest of the world in the most effective manner.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by ABC): AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-87UF VP-BBL (msn 63378) (pharma) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 942620.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-867F VQ-BVR (msn 60687) (pharma) LAX (Michael Carter). Image: 942619.

Promoting "pharma" service

Cathay Pacific to add freighter service to Portland, Oregon

Cathay Pacific to add freighter service to Portland, Oregon

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced an expansion of its freighter services in the Americas with the addition of a twice-weekly scheduled service to Portland International Airport (PDX) launching on November 3, 2016, subject to government approval. Portland will be Cathay Pacific’s 18th cargo station in the Americas.

The new Portland service will operate on a Hong Kong – Anchorage – Los Angeles – Portland – Anchorage – Hong Kong routing every Thursday and Saturday, using Cathay Pacific’s newest and biggest freighter, the Boeing 747-8F.

Cathay Pacific was the first Asia Pacific airline to take delivery of the Boeing 747-8F in 2011 and currently has 13 of this aircraft type in its cargo fleet.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Cargo Boeing 747-867F B-LJA (msn 39238) (Hong Kong Trader) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909099.

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