Virgin Atlantic is gearing up to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines all around the world once it is available. The carrier’s cargo operation has released new capabilities in its preparation to participate in the distribution of the vaccines globally. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) earlier announced that as many as 8,000 aircraft will be required to distribute supplies.
To make sure that the cargo stays safe and secure, Virgin Atlantic has launched a new Pharma Secure service for all urgent, valuable and vulnerable pharmaceutical and life sciences shipments. This new product will work with customers and their specific requirements. It will include automatic live updates, proactive service recovery, a round-the-clock support team, periodical integrity checks, temperature-controlled facilities and a dedicated booking team.
This is new product will ensure swift access to the vaccines
Dominic Kennedy, managing director, Virgin Atlantic Cargo commented: “This new service takes our already well-established pharmaceutical offering to the next level. We want to offer our customers peace of mind so they can book confidently with us, knowing their precious cargo will arrive safely, securely and on time. We look forward to playing a part in supporting the Covid-19 recovery by transporting crucial vaccines and pharmaceutical products to the UK and around the world on our global network, ensuring swift access to vaccines for the public as they become available.”
He added: “Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Virgin Atlantic Cargo has played a vital role keeping global supply chains running and transporting essential goods around the world. They are agile and continue to innovate, bringing in new services such as Pharma Secure to respond to customer demand. It is a testament to the hard work of our teams that we have completely re-engineered our cargo business into a successful freight-only operation offering cargo-only services and charters for the first time in our history, enabling businesses to re-establish trade routes and transport critical supplies around the world.”