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American Airlines Cargo opens cold chain pharmaceutical logistics facility 25 June 2015

Strategically located in the northeast pharmaceutical corridor

American Airlines Cargo has opened a cold storage pharmaceutical facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. American Airlines is the only airline in the north-eastern US with this state-of-the-art facility that can handle temperature-sensitive, life science and healthcare cargo.

Strategically located in the northeast pharmaceutical corridor, this high-tech facility and its specially trained employees are key elements in the effective handling of the sensitive, valuable and potentially life-saving products shipped through the international cold chain.

This facility is a continuation of American’s investment in the infrastructure to support its ExpediteTC time- and temperature-sensitive programme. The American Airlines Cargo global training programmes are designed to provide each and every employee, handler, ramp personnel with the knowledge and skills to properly handle these delicate shipments.

The dedicated, purpose-built facility is specifically designed to cater to a full range of pharmaceutical products. The 2,325 m2, state-of-the-art, facility is staffed/monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It includes 560 m2 for Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) passive shipments at +15C to +25C; a 280 m2 refrigerated area for passive shipments requiring +2C to +8C maintenance (COL) and a deep frozen area (FRO) that caters to shipments needing to be kept at -10C to -20C.

Additionally, the facility has an Active Container Management (ACM) area, including charging stations with capacity for simultaneous re-charging of 30+ RKNs; advanced technology for monitoring products with proactive alarming, validated to 0.25C; and a full back-up power generation system.