Monday, March 23, 2015

A Decade of Air Freight Services and a New Temperature Controlled Facility - All in One Month

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UK – LUXEMBOURG – US – This month sees a couple of significant milestones for DB Schenker which began a cooperation a decade ago with freight only airline Cargolux for the shipment of healthcare products to the US, and which has just seen the first full charter flight of pharmaceuticals on the Indianapolis service. Meanwhile next week will see DB Schenker Logistics UK open a new perishables handling facility at its London Heathrow air cargo hub.

Our photo shows the 11,000 square foot facility which Schenker says has a number of features that will improve handling processes, adding efficiency and value to their perishables customers supply chain. The temperature-controlled facility, has cross-dock capability, eliminates contamination exposure, reduced manual handling and will be operated 24/7 by Schenker’s dedicated perishables team. Helgi Ingolfsson, CEO of DB Schenker Logistics in the UK, observed:

“Efficiency is of paramount importance for perishables customers. The significant investment we have made is not only part of our airfreight strategy, but a result of feedback from clients and valuing their needs from a logistics provider in this sector.

“I have high hopes for this ultra-modern facility as an addition to our already existing airfreight hub. This will help us to become one of the premier logistics services providers in this sector and offer many benefits and integrated solutions for our customers supply chain.”

It is this same airfreight strategy that has built the cooperation with Cargolux to today’s level. Cargolux and DB Schenker started the first Indianapolis service in 2005 with a weekly flight and added a second weekly flight the year after. Ten years later, Cargolux serves 15 destinations with healthcare flights for DB Schenker and this month saw the first ever 747 completely dedicated to the trade with a load which consisted of 36 pallets of pharmaceuticals requiring a constant ambient temperature of 20°C throughout the aircraft.

This was made possible by the four independently adjustable air conditioning zones in Cargolux’s 747 freighters whilst additionally each pallet was protected by Tyvek covers, especially designed to maintain the temperature of temperature-sensitive cargoes.