Air France KLM Martinair (AFKLMP) Cargo has become the first major airline group to successfully pass the IATA CEIV Pharma re-certification process for its hub operations in Amsterdam and Paris, as well as the Air France and KLM airline processes.
After having set the industry standards in February 2016, AFKLMP said it “reconfirms its focus” on the pharma business as a top priority for the group, not only investing in its digital transformation but also increasing its quality standards and its cool chain solutions.
AFKLMP Cargo executive vice president, Marcel de Nooijer said: “Pharma is a top priority for our airline group. In an increasingly demanding environment, this certification reconfirms our commitment to offering the highest possible quality standards in support of our customers’ business activities.”
AFKLMP Cargo’s global head of pharmaceutical logistics, Enrica Calonghi added: “IATA CEIV Pharma re-certification confirms that our group aims to position itself not only as a leader in innovation and transparency, but also through putting care into healthcare by continually improving our processes and facilities.”
DHL Global Forwarding global head of network and quality, Nina Heinz said CEIV Pharma re-certification ensures that it “works with the right partners”.
“In our common quest to ensure product integrity and patient safety for life sciences and healthcare, it is critical that all of our partners throughout the supply chain adhere to the same highest service and quality standards.
“We applaud the commitment from our partner airlines to the IATA CEIV Pharma standardised approach in the air freight industry as this ensures a leadership position in productivity, accuracy and reliability through uniform processes and a compliant network,” she added.
AFKLMP said it understands the need for transparency and ongoing improvement, and invests in its digital tools, in its facilities and in its processes to make sure that pharmaceutical logistics goods are treated in accordance with the best possible standards.
In 2017, AFKLMP transported 1.1 million tonnes of cargo via its fleet of two Boeing 777 Freighters, four Boeing 747-400 Freighters, six Boeing 747-400 Combi aircraft and on its sizeable passenger aircraft fleet.