As the world’s busiest air cargo hub, Hong Kong airport and its partner ground handlers and ramp handling operators have a huge role to play in the transport of a Covid-19 vaccine not just in Asia Pacific but across the globe. Describing it as the “biggest product launch ever,” players in the global pharma supply chain are scrambling to prepare for the massive logistics this would entail, albeit faced with a few unknowns, such as packaging, product specifications, volume … [Read more...] about Is Hong Kong ready to move a vaccine?
Not staying passive, ABC gears up for vaccine distribution
AirBridgeCargo has been making its rounds delivering 840 tonnes of equipment from Frankfurt to Atlanta using Boeing 747-8F for the production of coated cyclo olefin polymer (COP), a lighter alternative to glass made of plastic that is used to make small vials for life-saving drugs. Working with Streck Transportge and Zahoransky AG since August, ABC said the equipment would help ramp up production to 600,000 vials per day, and delivery will continue until end of the year. An article by the … [Read more...] about Not staying passive, ABC gears up for vaccine distribution
FedEx: Are we ready to ship billions of vaccines worldwide?
What does it take to ship a crucial vaccine to stop a global pandemic? The healthcare industry is facing an enormous logistical challenge. There’s no denying it. 2020 has been a year of immense difficulty and disruption. Many now look forward to 2021 and the much-anticipated prospect of COVID-19 vaccines as the gateway to global recovery. Naturally as one of the world’s leading logistics companies,has an important role to play in vaccine shipment. We recognize that shipping COVID-19 … [Read more...] about FedEx: Are we ready to ship billions of vaccines worldwide?
Hong Kong’s waiver on airport fees extended until year-end
Hong Kong has extended the relief package for the aviation industry for another two months until the end of 2020, which includes the waiver or reduction of various fees announced in August. The Airport Authority Hong Kong said it made the move “in response to the ongoing challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The continued relief measures include the following: Full waiver of parking charges for idle passenger aircraft and airbridge fees … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s waiver on airport fees extended until year-end
Schiphol cargo community forms vaccine readiness group
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s pharma cargo community is collaborating to ensure the temperature-controlled supply chain is ready for the safe and efficient transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. A taskforce led by Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN), Schiphol Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, including shippers, pharma producers, forwarders, airlines, ground handlers and trucking companies have met to start work on up to four possible ‘vaccine scenarios’, based on different temperature … [Read more...] about Schiphol cargo community forms vaccine readiness group
CEO makes tough decision as SIA Group cuts staff amidst crisis
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group announced on 10 September the difficult decision to cut around 4,300 positions across its airlines. After taking into account a recruitment freeze, natural attrition, and the take up of voluntary departure schemes, the potential number of staff impacted will be reduced to about 2,400 in Singapore and in overseas stations. This decision was taken in light of the long road to recovery for the global airline industry due to the debilitating impact of the … [Read more...] about CEO makes tough decision as SIA Group cuts staff amidst crisis