Gone are the days where simple run-of-the-mill cargo transport was the standard in global air freight. The name of the game has changed.
I think it’s all about having the capability of understanding the different industries and being able to tailor-make products that suit their requirement. It is going to be a more specialised business.
Emirates SkyCargo has spent the past few years developing and investing in new products and services that address the supply chain and logistics for certain industries. One such case is Emirates SkyPharma, SkyCargo’s pharma product that has progressed significantly since its inception back in 2016.
The service, which was the recipient of the DHL Carrier Award for Reliability and Excellence at last year’s Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Conference in Singapore, primarily focuses on the transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.
“We have seen roughly 20 – 38% growth in the pharmaceutical vertical alone. Today we are a major player in this specific vertical. We continue to expand our capability and we have the largest GDP-compliance hub in the world, based here in Dubai,”
In the last year alone, Emirates SkyCargo introduced a plethora of enhancements to its pharma product, the first of which was centred on container technology. In an effort to expand its offerings, Emirates SkyCargo inked container rental service agreements with SkyCell and va-Q-tec. The two firms join Emirates SkyCargo’s existing portfolio that includes Envirotainer.
The addition of SkyCell introduces a range of extremely resistant containers that have the capacity to withstand environmental temperatures ranging between –35°C to +65°C. Coupled with a real-time temperature monitoring capability, the containers also feature a material capable of recharging within Emirates SkyCargo’s cool chain network and is thus ideally suited for ‘door-to-door’ exchanges within a closed supply chain.
Meanwhile, the introduction of va-Q-tainer’ containers adds an alternative offering for use in extreme ambient conditions. Available in five different sizes, the passive containers are designed to handle six temperature ranges between -70°C to +25°C.
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