July 2, 2015

Finnair world’s first airline to receive Pharma certificate

Finnair is the largest Nordic cargo carrier, transporting approximately 149 000 tonnes of freight and mail annually.
Finnair is the largest Nordic cargo carrier, transporting approximately 149 000 tonnes of freight and mail annually.
Finnair

Finnair Cargo has become the world’s first airline to pass IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics programme (CEIV Pharma).

“We are committed to be at the forefront in the fast growing pharma transport segment and provide excellent service to our customers,” says Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer. “Therefore, we are honoured to be the first carrier in the world to complete the IATA pharmaceutical certification process.”

Given their delicate nature, the transport of pharmaceuticals such as vaccines and biotech medicines is regulated by strict temperature control. Meeting these requirements is Finnair’s cargo terminal, the COOL Nordic Cargo hub. Set to open in early 2017, the new state-of-the-art terminal will feature separate temperature controlled areas for the handling of pharmaceuticals as well as other perishables foodstuffs.

“From its state-of-the-art facility, excellent quality management system, well-trained workforce, and certifications, Finnair has raised the bar high for the rest to follow,” says Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s regional vice president for Europe. “I congratulate Finnair on this achievement.”

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