Emirates SkyCargo, the world’s leading air transport company for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, marks an important operational milestone.
Five years ago, in September 2016, Emirates SkyCargo raised the bar in the air cargo industry for the safe and efficient transportation of pharmaceuticals by launching its GDP certified dedicated pharmaceutical handling facility at Dubai International Airport and while at the same time unveiling its specialized three-level system. product – Emirates Pharma.
Nabil Sultan, Senior Vice President of Emirates Division, Cargo, said: âAt Emirates SkyCargo we recognized early on that our customers were looking for increasingly specialized solutions for their cargo and this was especially true for valuable medicines. and vital which must be transported under very strict conditions. After extensive planning and significant investments in our infrastructure, processes and people, we introduced our 360 degree transportation solution supported by a state-of-the-art GDP certified Dubai handling facility for our pharmaceutical customers in September. 2016. The market response has been overwhelmingly positive and we have managed to transform very quickly the perception that Dubai was a destination to be avoided for pharmaceutical freight in the summer into that of Dubai being a reliable hub for pharmaceutical customers throughout. of the year. Our pharmaceutical volumes have continued to grow over the years and to date we have transported over 400 million kilograms (400,000 tonnes) of pharmaceutical cargo under our Emirates Pharma umbrella. “
Dubai Hub: Emirates SkyCargo has more than 20,000 square meters of GDP compliant storage and handling space at its Dubai hub, handling nearly 200,000 kilograms (200 tonnes) of pharmaceuticals including vaccines every day, biologics, drugs for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and a range of other medical treatments.
Emirates SkyCargo’s pharmaceutical operations in Dubai have undergone a rigorous assessment for compliance with GDP guidelines by Bureau Veritas, Germany, including two full certification cycles involving multiple certification and oversight audits. Emirates SkyCargo’s pharmaceutical operations have also successfully undergone several audits by customers and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
The carrier has one of the world’s largest fleets of Cool Dollys which help keep cargo at a stable temperature between the aircraft and the terminal. Almost 50 of these Cool Dolly are dedicated to pharmaceutical freight. Emirates SkyCargo also works with a number of specialist container suppliers to provide customers with a better choice and tailored to their shipping needs.
Making connections to deliver treatments: Emirates SkyCargo’s creation of a world-class pharmaceutical transportation platform in Dubai has facilitated the fast and secure transportation of pharmaceuticals from manufacturing sites to final destinations. Over the years, the carrier has been able to connect increasing volumes of pharmaceutical freight between markets across six continents, including India, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Russia, United States, Brazil, Australia, Korea, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia. Arabia and Egypt. Almost a third of the total pharmaceutical goods exported to Emirates SkyCargo each year originate from India.
Emirates SkyCargo has also worked with ground agents at more than 35 major origin and destination pharmaceutical airports to ensure high standards of origin-to-destination pharmaceutical processing. In Chicago, one of the main pharmaceutical stations in the Emirates SkyCargo network, the carrier worked closely with local ground support to develop a GDP certified airside pharmaceutical handling facility spread over 1,000 square meters. Pharmaceutical operations in Copenhagen, another major pharmaceutical station, were also moved to a dedicated GDP certified facility in 2019.
COVID-19 Pandemic: During the pandemic, it has become even more essential for Emirates SkyCargo to maintain the supply chain across the world for pharmaceuticals, for the treatment of COVID-19 and other diseases. By deploying an increasing number of cargo flights only on passenger aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo has offered seamless connectivity for the transport of urgent pharmaceuticals.
As early as August 2020, Emirates SkyCargo began preparations to adapt its hub to the transport of COVID-19 vaccines. Most recently, the carrier expanded its cold room infrastructure with 94 airline pallet positions at its EU GDP certified dedicated pharmaceutical facility at Dubai International Airport. The extended cold room provides additional capacity in a temperature-controlled environment (2-25 degrees Celsius), allowing the equivalent of 60-90 million additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at any time.
Between October 2020 and September 2021, Emirates SkyCargo 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 has partnered with DP World, International Humanitarian City and Dubai Airports to combine expertise and strengths to accelerate the flow of vaccines to developing countries via Dubai. The carrier has also entered into a memorandum of understanding with UNICEF to facilitate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in support of the COVAX facility for equitable vaccine distribution. In May 2021, Emirates SkyCargo set up the Emirates India Humanitarian Airlift and donated cargo capacity to carry essential supplies free of charge, including oxygen cylinders, concentrators and relief tents on flights. from Dubai to Indian destinations to help the Indian community fight the COVID-19 pandemic. .