ABC Airlines transports pharma using record number of va-Q-tainers

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines has carried a record-breaking 19 va-Q-tainers XLx on board a single flight, delivering products for its European customer, BIOTECH & PHARMA LOGISTICS GmbH.

The high-performance passive containers, weighing around 15 tonnes in total, were delivered to Frankfurt ready to be filled and loaded onboard one of AirBridgeCargo’s Boeing 747-8F services to Moscow.

ABC’s dedicated team of pharma specialists monitored each step of the transportation process, starting from priority booking for all 19 containers through to overseeing the loading procedures on both the freighter’s lower and main decks. The team also guaranteed the precise temperature range required for the delivery was maintained at all times, and ensured seamless offloading at ABC’s cargo hub at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

Additional support was provided by ABC’s Control Tower specialists, who managed real-time, round-the-clock monitoring of the flight, including the temperature of the cargo to ensure no deviation during transportation.

“This is the first time AirBridgeCargo has provided a logistics solution for so many passive containers on a single flight and we are delighted that the delivery was achieved so smoothly, seamlessly, and, most importantly, in compliance with our customer’s expectations and requirements,” commented ABC’s Global Director, Fedor Novikov.

Global Partner Manager at va-Q-tec, Will Staddon, called the project “a prime example of what va-Q-tec and ABC are capable of.”

AirBridgeCargo continues to enhance its abc Pharma product offering, which saw volumes rise by 80% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018.

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