Air France is in news. The process of covid -19 vaccines seems on the run. Every other company is really in a hurry, to transport the covid-19 vaccines. It needs extreme savoir faire. It is a real logistical challenge for the company as well. In France, in Roissy Charles de Gaule Airport CDG – one of its main hubs- Air France-KLM Cargo is almost ready to transport the vaccines. In the middle of November, Anne Rigail, CEO, announced that Air-France KLM was ready to take part in the movement of covid-19 vaccines. They are just awaiting the commercialization to begin.
Air France – Having Expertise in Transport Of Pharma Products
For more than 20 years, Air France has expertise in providing transportation of pharma products. They understand the sensitivity of the situation, thus making it possible to cater to the situation. Some years ago, Air France was the first company to get the certification IATA to transport all pharma products. They do it in the holds of aircrafts. They are doing it via CDG or Amsterdam-Schipol. They understand that vaccines are extremely sensitive products that need proper care. Moreover, Air France has also transported stem cells, insulin, and cancer treatment medication as well.
Air France -KLM has partnered with Envirotainer for more than 20 years. Envirotainer is based in Sweden, and is one of the biggest partners of Air France- KLM. The company has several active containers, in their professional term which are isothermal, to maintain the temperature for the transport of drugs and related products. One would have already read about the vaccines, plasma, insulin and oncology drugs.
A few months ago, AF-KLM had created an internal task force. They were working closely with laboratories, freight and handlers. They are mobilizing all the competences to anticipate the needs as closely as possible.
In addition to these task forces, that they have formed at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, The Air Cargo France Association. It includes all cargo operators, airport platform, freight handlers, and airlines, as well as the French state services, like the delegation of the Prefecture of Police for the safety and security of Paris airports. The Directorate General of Customs and Excise and French Civil Aviation Authority also work closely together.
The Executive Vice President says that ‘We are fully committed to the entire community. Moreover, we all set and prepared to transport the drugs.’ On the strength of 30 years of experience, they are all set to take over the transportation of covid-19 vaccines.
You will be amazed to know, that during the normal times, cargo business recorded only 9 percent turnover of Air France-KLM group. Lat year it reached a whopping 2,153 billion euros. In the last quarter of 2020, the cargo capacity of the group went down. This was due to reduction of the belly spaces of the aircraft.
You will be overwhelmed to know about the size of the Roissy Charles de Gaulle the area of Cargo hangar that is the size of twelve soccer fields. AF-KLM is adept and well-experienced in transporting perishable products. They include automobiles, aeronautical products, and postal serves as well.
So, they are the best candidate to do the transportation of the covid 19 vaccines. In fact, last spring during the Covid-19 crisis, when France was seeing a shortage of masks, the French company overcame the challenge by transporting masks.