Air China Cargo has signed a Global Master Lease Agreement (MLA) with Envirotainer, a provider of cold chain solutions for the pharmaceutical supply chain. This represents for first partnership for Envirotainer with an airline that is based in Mainland China.
Air China Cargo plans to roll out a cold chain product with further network expansion planned in 2016 based on market demand. The airline has identified 5 stations, Beijing and Shanghai in China Singapore, Frankfurt in Germany and Geneva in Switzerland, as launch stations in its first phase of implementation.
Ray Lo, Vice President, Service and Operations at Air China Cargo, said, “We are extremely pleased to be Envirotainer’s first airline partner in Mainland China. We place great importance in ensuring that pharmaceutical products carried on us get absolute care. With the extensive expertise and global presence Envirotainer has in the active cold chain, this allows us to ensure that temperature-sensitive shipments are just as effective and safe as when they left the production line.”
The new partnership is expected to directly benefit bio-pharma companies importing and exporting active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), intermediates and other bulk and semi-finished products to and from the world’s second largest economy.
Envirotainer opened a new service station in Shanghai, China in November 2015 as well as a new US Headquarter in New York and a new office in Singapore.