SkyCell, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo signs agreement for pharma shipments


SkyCell and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo have signed a partnership agreement recently which sets out the reintroduction of hybrid containers for those shipping with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, supporting a push to increase the sustainability and safety of pharmaceutical shipments.

The agreement coincides with rising demand for greener solutions and ambitious environmental goals set out by pharma companies. As the pharma logistics industry pushes to prepare for a future global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, sustainable solutions will be crucial given the volume and global scale of the distribution ahead. Since SkyCell’s solutions are able to secure products within a temperature range of 2-8°C and 15 – 25°C and now -70°C, SkyCell is well-prepared for the varying needs of vaccines and other sensitive pharmaceuticals. 

The deal with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is part of a shift towards the adoption of enhanced technological solutions to meet both the demands of pandemic logistics and requirements of environmental agreements. For the 15th consecutive year, Air France-KLM secured a place in the top three of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Airlines category in September 2019.  

Enrica Calonghi, Global Head Pharmaceutical Logistics Air France KLM Martinair Cargo said in a statement, “Shipping pharma and healthcare products is a core activity for AFKLMP Cargo. Partnerships, such as those with our container suppliers, play a crucial role in the entire chain, especially when it comes to guaranteeing the necessary quality, reliability and connectivity. Together, we are ready to play a key role in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, thereby helping to ensure that as many people as possible around the globe will have access to vaccines in these challenging times.”

Richard Ettl, CEO SkyCell, commented, “Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is a pioneer in pharmaceutical air freight and, like SkyCell, is committed to minimizing its environmental footprint through technological innovation.” .

All SkyCell containers help to eliminate medical waste ending up in landfill by preventing product damage as they move around the globe. Tracked with IoT (‘Internet of Things’) sensors, hybrid containers monitor the temperature conditions inside and outside the containers to ensure the full efficacy of pharmaceuticals is maintained until they reach patients.


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