Feb 03, 2016: Air China Cargo, the flag cargo carrier of China signed a Global Master Lease Agreement (MLA) with Envirotainer, the global market leader in secure cold chain solutions for the pharmaceutical supply chain.
The new partnership is expected to directly benefit bio-pharma companies importing and exporting active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), intermediates and other bulk and semi-finished products to and from the world’s second largest economy.
Air China Cargo plans to roll out a cold chain product this spring with further network expansion planned in 2016 based on market demand. The airline has identified 5 stations – Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Frankfurt and Geneva as launch stations in its first phase of implementation.
Ray Lo, vice president, Service and Operations at Air China Cargo, said, “We are extremely pleased to be Envirotainer’s first airline partner in Mainland China. We place great importance in ensuring that pharmaceutical products carried on us get absolute care. With the extensive expertise and global presence Envirotainer has in the active cold chain, this allows us to ensure that temperature-sensitive shipments are just as effective and safe as when they left the production line.”
As part of its continued network expansion, Envirotainer opened a new service station in Shanghai, China in November 2015 to support growing cold chain business to the pharma supply chain.
The airline currently has a fleet comprising of 15 freighters – eight B777Fs, three B747-400Fs and four B757-200SFs. With the support of Air China’s passenger network, Air China Cargo serves more than 170 destinations globally, 26 of which are served by freighters. The cargo carrier also has over 1285 truck services to supplement its freighter and passenger belly network.