dnata First to Offer Integrated Pharma Cool Chain at Changi Airport
dnata has further enhanced its pharma handling capabilities in Singapore by launching cool dollies as part of its operations there.
The company’s new, high-tech containers are specially designed to serve the pharmaceutical industry with a closed temperature-controlled system for seamless delivery of temperature-sensitive goods between cargo warehouses and aircraft.
dnata is the first cargo handler to operate cool dollies at Singapore Changi Airport, offering customers excellent value services throughout the handling process.
Dirk Goovaerts, dnata’s Regional CEO for Asia Pacific, said: "It has become increasingly crucial for both airlines and freight forwarders to be supported by a reliable, certified handler that can protect their pharma shipments and ensure the products remain in perfect condition until they reach the end customer.
"We constantly invest in our people, facilities, equipment and processes to provide world-class services to our customers. Our latest investment in cool dollies underlines our commitment to ensuring the highest quality of supply chain management when handling temperature-sensitive cargo."
dnata’s announcement to introduce another innovative solution to the Singapore market has been widely welcomed and supported by its partners and stakeholders, including the government and the airport operator.
Ho Yuen Sang, Director, Aviation Industry, Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS), said: "Air cargo continues to play an important role in enabling the flow of essential goods such as pharmaceutical supplies, even as passenger traffic has been impacted significantly by COVID-19.
"CAAS congratulates dnata on the launch of the cool dollies at Changi Airport today and commend them for continuing to invest in enhancing their capabilities during these challenging times.
"This is a good example of the spirit of innovation and collaboration that drives our aviation community to create more value for Changi’s customers."
Law Chung Ming, Director for Transport and Logistics, Enterprise Singapore (ESG), said: "Innovation in healthcare supply chain and logistics will be key in affirming Singapore’s status as a connectivity hub to handle high value and sensitive cargo flows.
"dnata’s partnership with local SME, Monzone, which provided the technical expertise for the development of Changi Airport’s first cool dollies, is testament of our ability to co-develop solutions to meet the region’s growing pharmaceutical needs."
dnata’s new equipment allows the company to transport temperature-sensitive cargo to the highest international standards.
Providing temperature-controlled storage from -18°C up to +25°C, the cool dollies mitigate risk of temperature deviations and contamination. They have a closed structure with alarms on opening and closing, as well as alerts if temperatures fluctuate above acceptable ranges.
As they are fitted with solar panels, the cool dollies are both environmentally friendly and autonomous. The units are also hygienic and easy to clean, which is an important consideration for pharma cargo.
dnata operates a state-of-the-art, 1,400m² pharma and perishable handling centre at Changi Airport, which is capable of processing 75,000 tonnes of temperature-sensitive goods annually. A web-based monitoring system is also in place to facilitate real-time management of all areas.
The company’s services also include priority clearance at its cargo centre and expedited deliveries to its customers’ warehouse facilities within the Changi Airfreight Centre / Airport Logistics Park Singapore (ALPS).