AirBridgeCargo ferries 30 tonnes pharma in 41RKN CSafe containers from Netherlands to China


Volga-Dnepr Group (VDG) subsidiary, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has transported a record number of RKN containers onboard its Boeing 747-8F. ABC’s scheduled flight uplifted the cargo for its long-lasting customer, DSV, from Amsterdam to Shanghai.

41RKN CSafe containers, containing more than 30 tonnes of temperature-sensitive medicines, were securely loaded and stowed on board main and lower decks to optimise aircraft capacity and guarantee safe delivery of the total shipment without its breakdown for different flights.

“This transportation, to some extent, is the rehearsal to check that we are well-prepared for the COVID-19 vaccine, once its testing is finalised. For the last five years, we have deepened our cooperation with providers of temperature-sensitive containers and now, in the middle of the pandemic, we are in constant dialogue with our trusted partners– Envirotainer, SkyCell, va-Q-tec, DoKaSch, CSafe, Sonoco and others regarding strategic container reserve,” said Yulia Celetaria, Global Director of pharma for AirBridgeCargo Airlines. “Last year, we successfully gained our IATA CEIV Pharma re-certification, which stands as an industry commitment to be a reliable partner of cold chain and keep 100% vaccine integrity.”

For the first six months of 2020, ABC has managed to achieve a 60% uptick in temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments, surpassing the level of 11,000 tonnes.

Its dedicated team of specialists across the entire network has been on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19 to spin much-needed healthcare shipments and provide white-glove services to its customers worldwide.


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