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Saudia Cargo launches state-of-the-art pharmaceutical cold storage facility at KAIA


MAY 2018 – Saudia Cargo has recently inaugurated one of the Region’s newest and most modern cold storage facilities of pharmaceuticals and medicines at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) to meet the surged demand on highly-sensitive and temperature-controlled shipments.

The refrigerated warehouse was opened in conjunction with launching FlyPharma, an innovative product designed specifically to meet the growing demand for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector.

“The new facility boasts a 1010M2 pharmaceutical handling space with double operational capacity and conforms to the international standards of World Health Organization, the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use as well as the local standards of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority,” said Omar Hariri, CEO, Saudia Cargo.

The center ships and stores pharmaceuticals using the most advanced technologies along with sophisticated active temperature control containers, which require advanced passive solution technology, especially for products needing transportation between +2oC to + 8oC or +15oC to + 25oC.

“We have listened, as always, to our customers, their feedback and expectations during face-to-face meetings and analyzed the results of food and drug shipment surveys. We built on the feedback and results and came up with a good perception that helped us launch the new project, which is the first step taken in line with the Saudia Cargo new Transformation Strategy 2020,” Hariri explained.

Saudia Cargo aims to open more similar facilities Kingdom-wide in line with its vision and is currently planning to launch an 800M2 specialist pharmaceutical handling facility in Riyadh offering FlyPharma services.

The opening event was attended by Mohammed Abunayyan, member of Board of Directors and Chairman of Executive Committee, Saudia Cargo; Abdullah Al-Ruwaiteh, Executive Director of the Branches, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority; representatives from KAIA, Customs, airport government agencies and a number of Saudia Cargo pharmaceuticals clients.

About Saudia Cargo:

Saudia Cargo ranks among the world’s leading specialist airfreight carriers. An independent company with more than 20 freighter destinations with its own fleet modern freighters. It also operates using the cargo bay of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ 127 mostly wide-body passenger aircraft plying across 52 destinations in 4 continents.

In 2017, Saudia Cargo won the International Cargo Airline of the year in Africa in February and the Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award in Munich in May and recently in February 2018 it won the International Air Cargo Marketing Award during ACI 2018 in Mumbai. Saudia Cargo, which is renowned for its multi-specialized cargo handling.

Saudia Cargo has carved a niche for its efficiency and reliability through its fleet of B747-8F, B747-400/ERF, B747-400B CF and B777F aircraft. With the current logistics and infrastructure, Saudia Cargo’s mission complements the Saudi Government’s Vision 2030
 
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