LONDON and ATLANTA - Joint venture partners Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo are introducing a new Pharma Zone at their joint facility at London Heathrow. The new Pharma Zone will support the growing volumes of temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products being carried by both airlines and enhances their ability to meet the strict quality and service requirements of pharmaceutical companies and their freight forwarding partners. The Pharma Zone, at their Cargo Point facility, is a fully segregated area dedicated to handling and storing pharmaceutical shipments within a strictly regulated temperature environment with dedicated active container storage.
Incorporated into the new Pharma facility are two walk-in pods capable of maintaining 2-8°C (COL) and 15-25°C (CRT) temperature ranges for loose pharma shipments. High above the floor of the Pharma Zone for added security is a temperature-controlled storage system for 24 pallets, split into 6 separate chambers, each of which can be safely maintained within either a 2-8°C or 15-25°C temperature range. Other special features include a cargo door dedicated to pharma shipments to speed their flow through the warehouse and reduce the time products spend outside of a temperature controlled environment, and 10 charging points for Active cargo containers. Good Distribution Practice (GDP) training has also been delivered to the team of specialists working in the Pharma Zone. Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo now offer around 24% of the total cargo capacity between the U.K. and the United States, the world’s biggest trade lane for pharmaceutical products.