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Emirates targets pharmaceutical market for Ahmedabad route

Emirates SkyCargo is to introduce its cool chain solutions on the six flights a week service to Ahmedabad, effective 29th October.

Emirates SkyCargo is to introduce its cool chain solutions on the six flights a week service to Ahmedabad, effective 29th October.

Designed to serve the growing needs of the pharmaceutical industry, the cargo arm of the Dubai-based airline will offer over 110 tonnes of capacity per week per destination. This will include specially designed temperature controlled air cargo containers that maintain stable interior temperatures throughout the journey. The featured active temperature control systems have a range of -20C to +20C.

"As global focus on medical services increases, it becomes crucial that innovative life saving drugs reach needy patients in time and in perfect condition," said Peter Sedgley, senior vice president, commercial operations, Emirates SkyCargo.

"Our cool chain solutions counter hostile temperatures to preserve the efficiency of medicines," he added.

Gujurat is home to over 3000 pharmaceutical industrial units and reportedly constitutes 28% of the production and export for the drug sector in India. With over US$1.6 billion invested in the industry, Emirates believes its cool chain services will be able to match the demands of the thriving market.

"Temperature-controlled containers can also be used to transport fruits and vegetables from Ahmedabad to local supermarkets around the world and throughout the year," noted Sedgley.

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