SIA Cargo expands THRUCOOL network, re-certified for IATA CEIV Pharma
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) Cargo, following re-certification under IATA's CEIV Pharma programme since January 2020, is expanding its quality corridor network with the addition of Copenhagen, Osaka and Stockholm stations
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) Cargo, following re-certification under IATA's CEIV Pharma programme since January 2020, is expanding its quality corridor network with the addition of Copenhagen, Osaka and Stockholm stations.
With the extension, customers will have the option of using the airline's THRUCOOL network to transport pharmaceutical products to and from these cities via Singapore, with assurance of maximum attention to product integrity at each step of the journey, the airline said in a statement.
In 2017, SIA Cargo was the first airline in Asia Pacific to be awarded the globally recognised pharmaceutical product handling accreditation. Since then, it has been improving its pharmaceutical-handling capabilities and offerings. This includes the launch of THRUCOOL in September 2018, the continued expansion of its quality corridor network, and the signing of master lease agreements with key temperature-controlled container vendors, the airline said.
SIA's senior vice president Cargo, Chin Yau Seng, said: 'We are pleased that our IATA CEIV Pharma certification has been renewed after a re-certification audit. It reinforces the importance that we place on quality and reliability in the transportation of key pharmaceutical products. We remain committed to rolling out THRUCOOL to more locations with the expansion of our quality corridor network, while also looking for new ways to further enhance the product.'
Conrad Clifford, IATA regional vice president, Asia-Pacific, said: 'Cold chain logistics for pharmaceutical products is a growing segment of the air cargo business, with spending expected to grow 5-6 per cent annually. Singapore Airlines' renewal of their CEIV Pharma certification ensures that they continue to be well placed to serve the needs of pharmaceutical companies and transport these time and temperature sensitive products to locations around the world where they are most needed while ensuring the product integrity.'