Finnair Cargo has received certification under IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics program (CEIV Pharma). Finnair joined the programme under the successful Brussels Airport CEIV Pharma Community approach, as Brussels is Finnair Cargo’s 2nd hub.
Pharmaceuticals such as vaccines and biotech medicines are among the most delicate products transported as air cargo, and therefore, it is essential to ensure their transport follows a global standard and strict temperature control guidelines. “We are committed to be at the forefront in the fast growing Pharma transport segment and provide excellent service to our customers. Therefore, we are honored to be the first carrier in the world to complete the IATA pharmaceutical certification process “, said Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer.
The certificate was presented to Finnair Cargo in conjunction of the laying of the cornerstone of Finnair’s new cargo terminal, the COOL Nordic Cargo (CNC) hub at Helsinki Airport on 30 June 2015. The new state-of-the-art terminal will feature separate temperature controlled areas for the handling of Pharmaceuticals as well as other perishables foodstuffs.
“We are delighted to recognise Finnair and its HEL station as CEIV Pharma Certified – the first airline to complete this process. Finnair has raised the bar high for the rest to follow. I congratulate Finnair on this achievement”, said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s regional VP for Europe.
Finnair Cargo’s new terminal will be equipped with a new Cargo Handling System, including a professional software suite, from Lodige Industries. The new IT system will ensure pro-active production planning in Finnair’s new terminal, scheduled to open at Helsinki Airport in spring 2017.
“We are committed to delivering our valued customers the same peace of mind when transporting belly cargo on Finnair flights than what they enjoy in the cabin. Therefore, we were delighted to find Lodige Industries offering our vision about the warehouse automation and production management solutions in our Helsinki hub.