Press Release: Pharma.Aero announces two new members

23 Sep 2020 | General

Pharma.Aero welcomes Astral Aviation and Bombelli Airport Equipment as a new Full Member and Associate Partner respectively. 

Nathan De Valck, Chairman of Pharma.Aero said, “Alongside with expanding the number of pharma shippers in our organisation, Pharma.Aero is also growing its membership base across the air cargo supply chain, which provides a balanced representation of key stakeholders active in the air transportation of pharma and life sciences shipments.

Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO, Astral Aviation, commented, “We are honored to become a Full Member of Pharma.Aero as we have confidence in the importance of Pharma.Aero in its efforts to foster collaboration between all members of the Pharma supply-chain. Being a member of TIACA, Astral Aviation is truly grateful for the launch of Project Sunrays which is an initiative between TIACA and Pharma Aero that will establish useful guidelines to ensure the proper and safe handling, storage, and transport of the highly expected volume of COVID-19 vaccines”

Angelo Enrico Bombelli, CEO, Bombelli Airport Equipment, said: “Following our strategy to always provide innovative and impactful cool chain solutions to support the industry, such as what we have done in developing and producing cool chain equipment designed to protect pharma cargo on the ramp or warehouse including our Temperature Controlled Dollies (Arctic Dollies), Bombelli Airport Equipment is honoured to be part of Pharma.Aero. We look very much forward to collaborating with Pharma.Aero network to learn and contribute to the industry’s problems and opportunities. COVID-19 situation has surely put the spotlight on the air freight industry. So, we believe it is now more important than ever to come together to collectively share best practices and knowhow to continue shaping the industry in the best way possible.”

The Pharma.Aero Board of Directors is pleased to welcome both players into the Pharma.Aero family. 

About Astral Aviation:

Astral Aviation has transported thousands of tons of vaccines and pharma-products on its fleet and has played an important role in various immunization programs including Ebola (D R Congo) and Cholera (Yemen). Astral will be able to share the unique challenges of transporting Pharma products within Africa and will also showcase its Drones technology on the last mile delivery of Pharma products in remote locations in Africa. It is the collaborative efforts between the Pharma Manufacturers, Shippers and Air Cargo Industry, that will be able to win the battle against Covid-19, as we have a global responsibility to ensure that the supply chains will be able to withstand the exponential demand for the Covid-19 vaccine.

About Bombelli Airport Equipment:

Founded in 1889 in Milan, Italy, BOMBELLI (Angelo Bombelli Costruzioni Metalliche S.r.l.) has evolved from being a pioneer in the construction industry structural steelwork sector to become a point of reference in the manufacturing of airport ground support equipment (GSE) and cargo handling equipment including Cool Chain solutions including Temperature Controlled Dollies (Cool Dollies) and static/semi-mobile refrigerated storage solutions.

BOMBELLI’s focus on innovation, careful selection of its own suppliers and control over its production processes, together with their customer centricity, enables them to guarantee high quality products which are perfectly suited to meet and exceed their customers’ needs. Throughout the years, this has allowed Bombelli to supply and create solid long-term relationships globally with major airports, airlines, ground and cargo handling companies as well as equipment rental companies.

About Pharma.Aero:

Pharma.Aero, a non-profit organization with its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, aims to achieve excellence in reliable end-to-end air transportation for Life Science and  Medtech shippers, by fostering collaboration between CEIV certified airport communities dedicated in developing and pioneering when it comes to handling, storage and air transportation of pharmaceuticals.

Pharma.Aero brings added value for the shipper by placing them as strategic priorities of Pharma.Aero, providing insights into the capabilities of the air cargo industry, as well as facilitating direct collaboration with the different air cargo stakeholders in the supply chain. Together, the organisation focuses on collaborative and continuous improvement of the Life Science and Medtech air cargo supply chain.

Pharma.Aero is an organisation that is proud to walk the talk. Jointly with our members, we co-ideate and co-develop projects that focus on end-to-end supply chain visibility solutions and address air transportation issues and challenges faced by the Life Science and  Medtech industry.  Since its inception in 2016, Pharma.Aero initiated and completed 6 projects. Consequently, technical papers for our members and white papers for the entire industry were published.

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