“Emirates Air Cargo” confirmed that it continues to intensify its preparations to deal with the logistical complexities of distributing the “Covid-19” vaccine that the world awaits, by establishing the first air cargo center in the world dedicated to the vaccine in Dubai. The carrier occupies a leading position in the world by announcing the reopening of the “Sky Central” station at Al Maktoum International Airport, to serve as a center dedicated to storing and distributing the vaccine globally.
“Emirates SkyCargo”, the cargo arm of Emirates Airlines, formed a dedicated rapid response team to coordinate requests from various bodies and bodies participating in the international system for the distribution of vaccines, and the carrier to meet requests to transport vaccines.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Supreme President and CEO of Emirates Airlines and the Group, said in a statement yesterday: “Dubai is ideally located as a gateway and distribution center for vaccines (Covid-19) to the rest of the world. We have the infrastructure, logistical connections, and a geographic location that puts markets of more than two-thirds of the world’s population within an eight-hour plane radius. Over the years, Emirates SkyCargo has managed, thanks to our continuous investment in capabilities and processes for transporting heat-sensitive medicines, to place Dubai on the list of major global pharmaceutical customers as a preferred transit point for their valuable shipments throughout the year. ”
His Highness added: “The establishment of a center dedicated to vaccines (Covid-19) is an essential project that harnesses our network, travels and competencies in serving the lives of people all over the world.”
The “Emirates Air Cargo” vaccination center at Al Maktoum International Airport will be the largest air facility in the world dedicated to “Covid-19” vaccines. This center allows transporting vaccines from different manufacturing sites, storing shipments and preparing them for regional and global distribution.
And includes «Sky Central» in «Dubai World Central» a designated area for storing medicines that can be temperature controlled, with an area of more than 4000 square meters. This facility, which is certified by the European Good Distribution Practices (GDP), allows the storage and distribution of potential “Covid-19” vaccines. The capacity of this facility is estimated at 10 million vials of vaccine at once, in an environment with a constant temperature between two and eight degrees Celsius.
The capabilities of the modern facility in Dubai World Central, with the world’s largest fleet of reefer containers, are enhanced to help protect heat-sensitive cargo while it is transported between the aircraft and the cargo terminal. The availability of a large number of temperature-controlled truck berths, and their proximity to aircraft stands, will ensure fast and efficient handling of goods and their distribution to various global destinations.
In addition to refrigerated storage, Emirates SkyCargo will provide dedicated areas for value-added services, such as repackaging vaccines and enhancing their cooling, for distribution to its customers around the world.
Thanks to the large size of the facility, which can handle millions of vaccine doses, and the formation of a dedicated team to handle and fulfill orders, Emirates SkyCargo will be able to effectively deal with huge orders and move them quickly as soon as the vaccine production and circulation begins. Then, the carrier will be able, through regular and charter flights, to transport vaccines to the markets that will be in dire need.
Emirates SkyCargo employs decades of experience in transporting pharmaceutical products and vaccines that are temperature-controlled to global manufacturers, in developing innovative solutions that will meet the challenge of distributing Covid-19 vaccines globally in a short time frame. Since 2016, the carrier has invested heavily in developing its capacity to transport heat-sensitive medicines.
This included introducing the specialized Emirates Pharma product, and developing an infrastructure that holds good distribution practices (GDP) in Dubai, as well as at points of origin and main destinations, as part of its “Medicines Corridors” program, which now covers more than 30 cities. The total shipments of pharmaceutical products transported by Emirates SkyCargo increased to over a quarter of a million tons during the past four years.
Network of lines
Thanks to its fleet of modern wide-body aircraft and its network of lines, which currently covers more than 130 destinations across six continents, in addition to the strategic geographic location of its hub in Dubai, Emirates SkyCargo will be able to quickly transport vaccine supplies from manufacturing sites to their destinations in various regions. The world on its regular flights and passenger flights.
It is noteworthy that the «Emirates SkyCargo» has worked over the past few months to restore its global network, and resumed services to 75 destinations in May, and the number of destinations increased to 100 by July, and then to about 135 destinations by early October. The Emirates Air Cargo Network covers all areas that include centers of pharmaceutical products and major manufacturing sites around the world, which will facilitate the transportation of the “Covid-19” vaccine once it begins to be successfully produced.
“Emirates Airlines” operates the “giant” on the Amman route … and increases its flights
Emirates Airlines announced the operation of an Airbus A380 aircraft on the Amman route, as part of the enhancement of its services to the Jordanian capital, to reach 10 flights per week.
The carrier stated, in a statement yesterday, that the giant plane will begin passenger service to and from Amman from the fourth of next November, indicating that it is currently operating its A380 aircraft to Cairo, Paris, London Heathrow, Guangzhou and Moscow.
She explained that the aircraft «A380» will serve the Dubai-Amman route three times a week, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, indicating that the Emirates flight EK903 leaves Dubai International Airport at 2:05 pm to arrive in Amman at 3:30 pm. While the return flight EK904 takes off from Queen Alia International Airport at 5:10 pm, arriving in Dubai at 10 pm (all times are local time for both Dubai and Amman), while the expanded schedule includes other Emirates Airlines flights between Dubai and Amman .
– The “Emirates Air Cargo” vaccine center will be at Al Maktoum International Airport.
– «Sky Central» includes an area of more than 4000 square meters, dedicated to storing medicines and can control its temperature.
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