Emirates SkyCargo moves 400 million pharma kilos in a global milestone

Emirates SkyCargo moves 400 million pharma kilos in a global milestone

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Emirates SkyCargo, the global leader in the air transport of temperature
sensitive pharmaceuticals, has moved over  400 million kilos  of phamas,
marking an important operational milestone.

Five years ago, Emirates SkyCargo raised the bar in the air cargo
industry for the safe and efficient transport of pharmaceuticals by
launching its dedicated GDP certified pharma handling facility at Dubai
International Airport and at the same time unveiling its three-tiered
specialized product – Emirates Pharma.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, said: ”
After extensive planning and significant investment to our
infrastructure, processes and people, we introduced our 360 degree
transportation solution backed by state of the art GDP certified Dubai
handling facility for our pharma customers in September 2016. The
response from the market was overwhelmingly positive and we managed to
very quickly transform the perception that Dubai was a destination to be
avoided for pharma cargo in the summer to that of Dubai being a reliable
hub for pharma customers all year round.”

Hub Dubai: Emirates SkyCargo has over 20,000 sq. metres of GDP compliant
storage and handling space at its hub in Dubai processing close to
200,000 kilos (200 tonnes) of pharmaceuticals every single day
comprising vaccines, biologics, medicines for illnesses such as cancer,
diabetes and a range of other medical treatments.

The carrier has one of the world’s largest fleet of Cool Dollys which
help maintain cargo at a stable temperature between aircraft and
terminal. Close to 50 of these Cool Dollys are dedicated for
pharmaceutical cargo. Emirates SkyCargo also works with a number of
specialized container providers in order to offer customers a better
choice and fit for their shipping needs.

The establishment of a world class transportation hub for
pharmaceuticals at Dubai by Emirates SkyCargo has facilitated the rapid
and secure transport of pharmaceutical products from manufacturing
locations to end destinations.

Over the years, the carrier has been able to connect increasing volumes
of pharma cargo between markets spread across six continents including
India, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Russia, United States,
Brazil, Australia, Korea, Japan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Nearly one
third of the total pharma cargo exported on Emirates SkyCargo every year
originates from India.

Emirates has also transported over 45 million doses of the Covid-19
vaccine to different countries in Africa.

Emirates SkyCargo has also worked with ground handlers across more than
35 leading pharma origin and destination airports to ensure high
standards of pharma handling from origin to destination. In Chicago, one
of the major pharma stations in the Emirates SkyCargo network, the
carrier worked closely with the local ground handler for developing a
GDP certified airside pharmaceutical handling facility spread over 1000
sq. metres.

Between October 2020 and September 2021, Emirates SkyCargo has
transported more than 250 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more
than 75 destinations through its hub in Dubai.
As part of the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance, Emirates SkyCargo
joined hands with DP World, International Humanitarian City and Dubai
Airports to combine expertise and strengths to expedite the movement of
vaccines to developing nations through Dubai.

The carrier also entered into an MoU with UNICEF to facilitate the
distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in support of the COVAX facility for
equitable distribution of vaccines.

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