Cathay Pacific Cargo, the first Hong Kong airline to be awarded IATA CEIV Pharma Certification, has signed a new partnership with va-Q-tec, a leading provider of thermal packaging solutions for temperature controlled transportation. Va-Q-tec’s advanced passive thermal containers, which are designed to maintain a constant temperature during transportation for more than five days, will be a strong addition to Cathay Pacific Cargo’s Pharma LIFT portfolio by providing its global customers with a solution for moving life-saving pharmaceuticals by air freight.
The thermal containers are available in five different sizes, taking up to two US pallets inside, and in six different temperature ranges, from -60°C to +25°C. They guarantee safe temperature-controlled transportation for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical sectors.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Service Delivery Frosti Lau says: “These advanced passive thermal containers can offer steady temperature-controlled conditions for several days without requiring external energy sources. Coupled with Cathay Pacific Cargo’s extensive network, we are confident the containers will benefit our customers around the world.”
In Sook Yoo, Head of Business Development Asia at va-Q-tec, adds: “The pharmaceutical market is growing rapidly worldwide. Thanks to the new collaboration, innumerable customers can lease va-Q-tec’s reliable containers directly from Cathay Pacific Cargo.”
From its origins as a small regional freight operator established in 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways has grown to become one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers. Cathay Pacific’s cargo business currently accounts for around 21 per cent of its annual revenues, and has helped to build Hong Kong into the world’s busiest air cargo hub. Cathay Pacific Cargo freighters currently fly to 46 destinations around the world.