Airline Emirates SkyCargo’s freight division has launched an internally developed and cost effective LD3 container that keeps temperature-sensitive cargo cool when transported on the ground and in the air.
“Called the ‘White Container’, it’s the latest addition to Emirates SkyCargo’s Cool Chain portfolio, and has been designed specifically as an intermediate temperature control solution, which is ideal for generic healthcare products and food perishables,” the company notes.
The inside of the White Container is coated with thermal insulators, which prevent the transfer of outside heat into the container, and use is made of coolant trays allowing handlers to add or replenish dry ice or coolants without disturbing the packaging. It can be used for shipments requiring temperatures between 2 ºC and 8 ºC and between 5 ºC and 25 ºC and is a reliable solution for time- and temperature-sensitive cargo that do not fall into the very high sensitive category, it says.
“After two years of intensive research and development by our team, we are introducing a new Cool Chain offering to the air freight market. The White Container is an affordable option and does not replace Emirates SkyCargo’s high-end Cool Chain Premium solution,” said Emirates cargo product development and local affairs VP Moaza Al Falahi.
She adds that the container, instead offers an intermediate solution that is cost effective for commodities, environment friendly and meets all regulatory requirements.
“This in-house developed solution is simple but efficient, and has no backhaul issues. We are the only air cargo operator to offer this specific solution, and along with our other offerings such as active temperature controlled containers, warehouses, cool dollies and white covers, we are at the forefront in offering a comprehensive portfolio of Cool Chain solutions,” she notes.
Emirates SkyCargo’s range of advanced protective techniques and solutions in transporting perishable products include Cool Chain Premium, Cool Chain Advanced and Cool Chain Basic, each of which is designed to meet specific requirements of customers.
The Cool Chain portfolio is supported by Emirates SkyCargo’s temperature-controlled handling facilities that have expanded with the recent opening of the cargo carrier’s freighter terminal at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport, where it has an advanced storage system and a perishable area designed to handle about 140 000 t of cargo a year. It features three areas, each with different temperature ranges between 18 ºC to 25 ºC.
In addition to belly-hold cargo services to more than 130 destinations around the world, by using cargo hold capacity in Emirates’ fleet of 224 aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo has a fleet of 13 freighters, comprising 11 Boeing 777 Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs, which operate to more than 50 destinations around the world. Emirates’ Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft is capable of carrying 103 t of cargo, with its main deck being the widest of any aircraft, enabling it to uplift outsized cargo and carry larger consignments.