Emirates SkyCargo obtains revalidation of pharma certification at Dubai hub

Over 51,000 tonnes of pharma cargo transported globally in one year since launch of specialised pharma product

Dubai, UAE, 28 September 2017- Emirates SkyCargo has received a revalidation of the European Union Good Distribution Practices (EU GDP) certification for pharma operations at its hub in Dubai. The annual surveillance audit for the revalidation was conducted by Bureau Veritas, Germany. 

The air cargo carrier originally received its EU GDP certification in 2016 for its operations across the Emirates SkyCentral cargo terminals at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central as well as the 24/7 bonded trucking service connecting the two hubs. This made Emirates SkyCargo the operator of the world’s largest multi-airport GDP certified hub with over 8,600 sq metres of dedicated pharma facilities including the purpose built pharma terminal at Dubai International Airport inaugurated in September 2016. 

The carrier’s original GDP certification in 2016 and the subsequent revalidation this year confirm that Emirates SkyCargo has established and maintained its quality management system in line with the requirements of the GDP standard and also underline its commitment to continued high quality and consistency in the levels of service delivery for pharma transport. 

One year of Emirates Pharma

September 2017 also marks one year since the launch of Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised pharma product- Emirates Pharma. The carrier’s comprehensive range of temperature controlled transport services for temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products offers customers three levels to choose from- Emirates Pharma, Emirates Pharma Plus and Emirates Pharma Active. These levels have been developed based on a requirement mix based on the temperature sensitivity of the product, the packing solution used and the origin/ destination of the shipment. 

In addition to a modern fleet of over 260 all widebody aircraft and state of the art cool chain facilities in Dubai, Emirates SkyCargo offers customers a wide range of protection solutions for temperature sensitive pharma. These include a fleet of close to 50 cool dollies dedicated for pharma shipments as well as innovative Emirates White Cover Advanced and Emirates White Cover Xtreme thermal blankets developed in collaboration with DuPont. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo also has agreements with major global container rental service providers such as CSafe, DoKaSch, Envirotainer, SkyCell and va-Q-tec offering customers the broadest choice when transporting their shipments. 

Emirates Pharma has been well received by pharma customers across the world and this has resulted in a significant increase in the volumes of pharma carried by Emirates SkyCargo across its global network of over 155 destinations. In the one year since the launch of the new pharma product, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 51,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals valued at over US$ 11 billion. Pharma volumes transported between January and September 2017 grew by over 25% when compared with the same period in 2016. Some of the main types of pharmaceuticals transported include vaccines, medication for diabetes and cancer, and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). 

Emirates SkyCargo is the largest international cargo airline in the world operating a modern fleet of over 260 aircraft including 14 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747-400ERF.

Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 51,000 tonnes of pharmaceutical shipments since launch of Emirates Pharma in 2016
Emirates SkyCargo operates the world's largest GDP certified multi-airport hub.

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Emirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world. With an unrivalled route network, we connect cargo customers to over 150 cities in 83 countries on six continents and operate in many of the world’s fastest developing markets. Our cargo hold capacity comprises Emirates’ fleet of over 255 aircraft, including 14 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747-400ERFs.

Emirates SkyCargo operates state-of-the-art cargo facilities at its dual hub locations in Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) with cargo being moved 24/7 by truck between the two airports via a bonded virtual corridor.

Emirates SkyCargo offers specialised cool chain solutions for perishables and temperature sensitive product such as pharmaceuticals. The carrier operates the first and the largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the world with 8600 square metres of dedicated space for pharmaceuticals across its hub.

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