American Airlines Cargo has unveiled a dedicated product portfolio and priorities to help customers easily book a variety of life sciences and health-related shipments, a segment that has seen volume growth of 17% in the airline’s serviced territories in recent years. With advances in personalized healthcare and medical innovation leading to longer, healthier lives, the fast and reliable transportation of these shipments has never been more important. This new offering leverages the network and award-winning expertise of the world’s largest airline to serve customers now and in the future.
Also included in the Life Sciences suite is American’s cold-chain solution, ExpediteTC. This product offers both active and passive temperature capabilities for shipments and has earned the airline Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification.
The Life Sciences range offers cargo products designed for time-sensitive shipments. Whether it’s under 100 pounds, bulk or containerized, the US Priority Parcel Service (PPS) or ExpediteFS services offer benefits such as next-flight booking options, priority boarding and the shortest delivery times. The two products can also be customized as the airline offers various handling and tracking options based on mission need – from priority take-off and landing for life-saving missions with MEDEVAC to advanced tracking and proactive updates for Critical PPS. The Life Sciences series also includes the American cold chain solution ExpediteTC. This product offers both active and passive temperatures for shipments and has earned a certificate from the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Airline Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma).
International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEIV Pharma certification recognizes airlines and entire air cargo supply chains that have established tools, procedures and personnel to ensure the proper use of medicines and product integrity.
American is currently certified by CEIV Pharma to operate at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), and Miami International Airport (MIA), as well as several other major hubs throughout the year. These independently certified stations allow America to handle more critical medical shipments on its network and support connections to Europe, South America and Asia through these Central and East Coast gateways.
Jessia Taylor, Cargo’s president and Chief innovation and supply officer said that they are proud to support the customers and partners in transporting important medical equipment and life-saving shipments across the globe and this is their commitment to the critical market.
The airline also recently added two new coolers at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which include a controlled room temperature of 15-25°C and a walk-in cooler at 2-8°C to further improve the handling of temperature-sensitive shipments across the Atlantic.