17 Sep 2017

3 Carriers Leading the Pack in Temp-Controlled Air Cargo

Thanks to air cargo’s advancements in shipping perishables, we can now accomplish what was once impossible. Rare pharmaceuticals can be delivered from major metropolitan areas to remote corners of the world in a matter of hours, just in time to save a life.

From food and plants to pharmaceuticals and vaccines, air cargo is vital in making sure people throughout the world get the products they need, without losing quality. But in the face of changing regulations and increased volume of products (air cargo transported $6 trillion worth of goods in 2016), handling global demand has become more difficult.

The good news is that many air cargo carriers are meeting—and exceeding—those demands.

In 2016, we covered three airlines that had made advancements in the transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. Here, we highlight three other carriers that have improved cold chain capabilities.

1. Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo
The cold chain depends first on rigorous temperature control, as the World Health Organization stresses. It also depends on speed, as any delay can increase costs greatly and put the perishables at risk.
To enhance efficiency, KLM Cargo recently unveiled a new sorting system that can process over 2,000 items per hour. What this sorting system does is ensure temperature-sensitive shipments, like vaccines, are handled as quickly and safely as possible.  
This sorting system will be utilized at the carrier’s Amsterdam Schiphol airport hub, where the carrier has already doubled storage space for containers. Deliveries will be made to over 70 destinations. As Marcel de Nooijer, EVP KLM Cargo, says, “The system is faster and smarter, allowing us to offer better service to our customers.”

2. Emirates SkyCargo
Transport systems researchers, Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Dr. Theo Notteboom, note that the airfreight industry has established various temperature requirements for perishables. As they explain, “Staying within this temperature range is vital to the integrity of a shipment,” because it enables optimal shelf life of the product.
With varying temperature needs, it can be difficult for cargo carriers to manage and prevent temperature deviation. 

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