American Airlines Cargo finalizes agreement for global pharmaceutical handling certification

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 21, 2016 14:45

American Airlines Cargo finalizes agreement for global pharmaceutical handling certification

American Airlines Cargo has signed with The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) to obtain certification for the handling of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products targeted at supply chain participants. American obtains this certification in an effort to promote the hard work and investments made over the last few years to enhance and evolve its cold-chain program.

Initial stations will include American’s home base and key hub Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW), and Miami International (MIA). As the largest airline at MIA, American’s certification will back the MIA Airport Pharma Hub initiative. American will also certify Philadelphia International (PHL) in support of its dedicated, 25,000 square-foot pharmaceutical and healthcare handling facility that opened in 2015.

The IATA certification, known as the Center for Excellence and Independent Validators (CEIV), impartially validates the capabilities associated with the proper transportation of delicate, temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments. In addition to the facilitation of critical training for warehouse handling staff on regulations and best practices, the certification includes the assessment and verification of properly-equipped facilities, processes and operational effectiveness for the correct handling of these sensitive products—all efforts American has focused heavily on over the recent years.

“We’re extremely proud of our temperature-control network,” said Tom Grubb, American’s manager of cold chain strategy for its cargo division. “Our focus is on moving pharmaceuticals safely and efficiently across the globe, and being the first U.S. carrier to promote this certification will help show our partners and customers how confident we are in our abilities to offer the best cold-chain service possible.”

The certification will help promote the investments American has made toward facility, technology and process enhancements, ensuring the highest quality compliance, training and handling possible across its global cold-chain network, which reaches 157 cities in 45 countries around the globe.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 21, 2016 14:45