Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to offer cargo customers a wider choice of pharma/ life science air cargo solutions as the first UK airline to approve the use of CSafe’s new RAP container for temperature-sensitive 'life-enhancing' healthcare products.
Following approval by both the U.S, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the unit has been approved by Virgin Atlantic’s own Operations specialists to be carried across the airline’s international network.
The CSafe RAP is the only FAA and EASA approved active compressor-driven container permitted in both the upper deck and lower deck cargo sections of commercial aircraft.
Under the Lease Agreement with CSafe, Virgin is now accepting bookings for the new RAP container, for large shipments of pharmaceutical and life science products.
Virgin already offers lease options for the CSafe RKN container as well as Envirotainer’s RKN t2, RAP t2, RKN e1 and RAP e2 units for temperature-controlled pharma products.
With a maximum payload weight of 4,819 kg, the CSafe RAP is designed to accept up to 4 US wooden pallets or as many as 5 Euro pallets. It can also be bulk loaded directly on the floor of the container to increase payload volume due to the unique design of the under-floor air recirculation system, and offers an extended battery run time of up to 100 hours for typical shipments.
The CSafe RAP has a temperature range that is user selectable from +4°C to +25°C, with operational capabilities achieving desired set-points even at extreme ambient temperatures (-30°C to +54°C).
Brad Jennings, VP of Global Marketing and Partner Management at CSafe Global comments: “CSafe is very excited to add Virgin Atlantic to the roster of airlines that have gained flight approval for our newly developed CSafe RAP active container. The combination of Virgin Atlantic’s expansive network and the superior quality and performance of the CSafe RAP offers a powerful solution for the transportation of temperature-sensitive products around the world.”
The growth of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s pharma volumes is supported by the reach of its global network to major pharma markets in the UK, Europe, the U.S, India and China. Together with its joint venture partner, Delta Cargo, Virgin now offers almost a ¼ of all transatlantic cargo capacity, the world’s biggest pharma trade lane.
In October, Virgin Atlantic opened its new Pharma Zone at Heathrow, a fully segregated area dedicated to handling and storing pharmaceutical shipments within a strictly regulated temperature environment with dedicated container storage.
The airline has now started its application for Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA), developed by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which will confirm its compliance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP).
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