Etihad Cargo & EASC unite to introduce dedicated cool dollies

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has enhanced its Abu Dhabi tarmac transportation fleet with the addition of high-tech cool dollies.

The introduction of cool dollies for the transportation of pharmaceutical and perishable shipments will enable the carrier to fully complete its temperature-controlled cool chain capabilities at its Abu Dhabi hub.

In partnership with Etihad Airport Services Cargo (EASC), Etihad Cargo has added dedicated cool dollies for pharmaceutical and perishable products to provide maximum safety to the carrier’s partners and customers at every stage of the handling process.

The specialized containers will offer a closed, temperature-controlled system to ensure the reliable and seamless transportation of high-value and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo between the carrier’s aircraft and state-of-the-art cool chain warehouse.

Thomas Schürmann
Thomas Schürmann
Cargo Operations & Delivery
Etihad Cargo

“Etihad Cargo is committed to the safe, reliable, and robust transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo via its IATA CEIV Pharma-certified PharmaLife and IATA CEIV Fresh-certified products. Etihad Cargo and Etihad Airport Services Cargo have partnered to introduce dedicated cool dollies at the carrier’s Abu Dhabi Airport hub to minimize the time that temperature-sensitive cargo is exposed to external factors, such as high temperatures. These specialized containers not only control the temperature but also enable Etihad Cargo to access the data records, providing Etihad Cargo increased visibility of this Critical Control Point to reduce, eliminate, and prevent hazards.”

Naresh Ranganathan, Acting Vice President of Cargo at Etihad Airport Services Cargo, said that, “We recognize the importance of a secured cool chain, and the demand from our airline and its customers to ensure their shipments are protected during their transit through Abu Dhabi International Airport.”

“Therefore, we are very pleased to introduce these cool dollies, which will, in the initial phase, be used exclusively to transport pharmaceutical and perishable products to and from the aircraft from our cargo facilities. As a CEIV Pharma and Fresh-certified cargo handler, this further reiterates our commitment to providing best-in-class services to ensure the safe and efficient carriage of pharmaceuticals through our airport,” Ranganathan added.

The cool dollies can be set to a range of temperatures anywhere between +2 and +25 degrees Celsius, and an in-built alarm system sends alerts if the temperature fluctuates beyond the set parameters. Offering high insulating capacity, a refrigeration cell made with a single-piece fiberglass panel, and reinforced wall, roof, and floor panels, the state-of-the-art cool dollies provide a more robust temperature-controlled transportation solution.

According to the statement, the cool dollies also present a greener choice, promising a longer isolation cell life and easy and low-cost maintenance and significantly reducing overall consumption, fuel costs, and environmental impact as a result of fewer thermal dispersion points and the dollies’ high thermal insulation and UV reflection properties.

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