Dedicated pharma facilities to open at Philadelphia and Bangalore airports

American Airlines and India's Menzies Aviation Bobba build cold chain capacity

Menzies Aviation Bobba, a j.v. between Menzies Aviation and the Bobba Group, has opened what it calls the Pharma Cold Zone for handling temperature-controlled products at its cargo terminal at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengalaru. The state-of-the-art facility, complete with dataloggging, alarm systems and cargo build-up and storage, will handle logistics for south India, a growing hub for manufacturing and distribution.

Meanwhile, American Airlines Cargo has commenced construction of a 25,000-sq.ft. facility in Philadelphia for inbound and outbound shipment of pharma products. It will include 6,000 sq.ft. of controlled room-temperature (CRT) space and a 3,000-sq.ft. refrigerated area for 2-8°C storage. Additionally, a container area with charging stations for up to 30 active (powered) containers is being installed. The opening, expected this fall, will coincide with the roll-out of the full ExpediteTC cold chain program across the new American network (bringing US Airways facilities into the AA umbrella).