The Spanish airline and the ULD provider DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, have inked a deal providing the utilization of cool containers. The Master Rental Agreement signed today (02DEC20) blazes the trail for nonstop pharma flights and other temperature-sensitive items between Europe and Latin America, packed in DoKaSch provided cool boxes. A deal that comes right on time for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
In a joint release, both parties stress that their collaboration opens up new avenues for the fast transportation of temperature critical goods to a multitude of Latin American destinations
without any stopovers in between. Up to now, several destinations in South and Central America could only be reached by changeover flights from Europe. Under the new agreement, pharma producers
and their forwarding agents now have direct transport options, making the pact highly beneficial for all sides involved.
2 Opticooler versions available
Since pharmaceutical goods are extremely sensitive and require high standards when being shipped, direct flights are always preferred by agents and pharma producers to avoid the unnecessary risks that lurk during transits and the reloading of goods on board an aircraft. DoKaSch will provide Air Europa with their Opticoolers, which have a track record as being highly reliable temperature regulated ULDs. The Opticoolers are available in 2 sizes: The RKN version accommodates one euro-pallet, while the larger RAP variant offers space for up to five euro-pallets.
The Opticooler always allows keeping the desired temperature level between 2° and 8° centigrade, no matter what the surrounding temperatures are. It is equipped with batteries and only requires a power socket for charging or recharging.
Expansion of pharma network
“The destinations served by Air Europa are an important addition to our existing global network. While pharmaceutical products can be loaded onto trucks after they have arrived by air, the road network and enormous geographical distances in these (Latin American, hs) regions were not optimal for this. Transports simply take too long,” Andreas Seitz, Managing Director at DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, explained.
The executive went on to say: “For that reason, we looked for a partner who can reliably offer direct air services to these destinations. Together with Air Europa, we can now provide new, important routes for life-saving pharmaceuticals.”
State-of-the-art transport solutions
Jordi Piqué, general manager at Air Europa Cargo, said: “At Air Europa, we strive to offer the best service and we do so with the very best fleet. The agreement reached with DoKaSch Temperature Solutions gives us full assurance of being able to offer optimum transport of pharmaceutical products and those products that require controlled temperatures”.
The carrier offers nonstop flights with wide-body aircrafts from Madrid to 21 destinations in Latin America. These include Asuncion (Paraguay), Montevideo (Uruguay), Quito and Guayaquil (Ecuador), Bogota and Medellin (Colombia), Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Recife, Sao Paulo, Fortaleza and Salvador (Brasil), Buenos Aires and Cordoba (Argentina), Lima (Peru), San Pedro Sula (Honduras), and Panama, among other destinations.
Madrid’s Moncloa Palace is reluctant to okay the takeover
Currently, the Air Europa stakeholders are in final sales negotiations with the British IAG Group, which includes the Spanish companies Iberia and Vueling.
As Spanish newspaper El Confidencial writes, the parties involved have reached a deal after it was agreed to pay between €300m to €400m for the acquisition, less than half the purchasing price offered in pre-Covid-19 times.
So far, the Spanish government has not yet waived the deal, fearing a British-controlled oligopoly in the Spanish aviation market, which is considered a risk in view of Brexit.
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