Emirates launches temperature sensitive cargo service

Emirates launches temperature sensitive cargo service


Emirates SkyCargo’s White Cover Advanced is an affordable and environmentally-friendly solution for protecting pharmaceutical products during air transportation


Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates Airline, has launched a next-generation version of its innovative protection product for valuable temperature-sensitive cargo, such as pharmaceutical products. Called White Cover Advanced, it utilises DuPont’s patented Tyvek® material made of high density polyethylene to form a tough protective barrier against varying external temperatures and direct sunlight. The special material is water resistant to prevent moisture damage while at the same time breathable, thereby reducing condensation and dryness. It is also environmentally friendly and is 100% recyclable.

The White Cover Advanced is an enhanced offering to Emirates SkyCargo’s existing White Cover solution. While the White Cover is used in the carrier’s cool chain solutions for perishables, such as vegetables and fresh fruits, the White Cover Advanced offers additional protection for packaged pharmaceutical shipments in Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) range and in insulated packaging.

Weighing no more than three kilograms for Emirates’ largest passenger aircraft pallet, the special sheet completely encloses the shipment and allows for cooling during transportation and cold storage. Application is also very efficient, taking two people no more than eight minutes to wrap a pallet.

“The pharmaceutical industry moves products worth over US$ 1 trillion annually. Temperature changes during transportation can pose a serious threat to the integrity of these sensitive products. They must be kept within different control room temperature (CRT) bands in accordance with the revised EU Good Distribution Practice.  The White Cover Advanced, with its silver-coating technology, provides a reliable and affordable means of protecting these products from temperature spikes during air transportation,” said Henrik Ambak, Senior Vice President, Emirates’ Cargo Operations Worldwide.

Emirates SkyCargo is a pioneer in the use of specialized covers to protect temperature-sensitive cargo and has worked with DuPont in developing applications of its Tyvek® material in the air cargo industry.

The cargo carrier’s range of advanced protective techniques and solutions in transporting perishable products include: Cool Chain Premium, Cool Chain Advanced and Cool Chain Standard, each of which is designed to meet specific requirements of customers. This includes the Emirates SkyCargo Cool Dolly, a special piece of equipment that transports cargo from the aircraft to cool storage areas, while maintaining temperatures of as a low as -20°C. The cool chain portfolio is supported by Emirates SkyCargo’s extensive temperature controlled handling facilities at both its freighter terminal in Dubai World Central’s (DWC) at Al Maktoum International Airport and its Cargo Mega Terminal in Dubai International Airport.

With an established reputation for the highest standards of product quality in supporting business logistics, Emirates SkyCargo achieves customer satisfaction through innovation, flexibility and the constant refinement of service levels.  In addition to belly hold cargo services on Emirates’ fleet of 236 aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo has a fleet of 15 freighters, comprising 13 Boeing 777Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs.

Emirates operates daily scheduled flights between Dubai and Cyprus. Emirates flies five times weekly – every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – going on to Athens. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the flight arrives in Larnaca from Dubai, and goes to Malta. The afternoon flight arrives in Larnaca from Malta on its way back to Dubai.  Emirates SkyCargo in Cyprus can be contacted at [email protected]  

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