SIA Cargo signs deal with SkyCell for pharma containers

-A Monitor Report16 Jun, 2019 | 511 Views|-+
Singapore : Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a three-year deal to lease temperature-controlled pharma containers from SkyCell.

Under the contract, SkyCell will provide THRUCOOL containers to the airline. The units are designed to maintain pharmaceutical products between +2 to +8 degrees Celsius or +15 to +25 degrees Celsius under extreme ambient temperatures.

Chin Yau Seng, Senior Vice President Cargo, SIA, said, "The expansion of our THRUCOOL quality corridor network and lease partnership with SkyCell demonstrate our commitment to providing quality-assured dedicated cold chain services when transporting time and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. We will continue to improve our service offerings and collaborate with our industry partners to pursue innovation in the shipping of pharmaceuticals."

The containers are also all equipped with sensors which connect to a data cloud for monitoring.

SIA first started using the containers in September last year as part of the launch of a pharma corridor, which complies with IATA pharma standards, on the Zurich-Singapore-Sydney route.

"Singapore Airlines is the leading airline in Asia Pacific with a specialised pharma offering and an extensive network. The collaboration will meet the growing demand for reliable and safe pharmaceutical transportation solutions in the Asia-Pacific region and contribute to eliminating temperature excursions for shipments to emerging markets," said Richard Ettl, CEO, SkyCell.

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