Panalpina launches freighter Puerto Rico to Europe

The weekly service marks the first regular call of a full freighter aircraft at San Juan International Airport.


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Panalpina now offers a new end-to-end service from Puerto Rico directly into Luxembourg and Europe in close collaboration with Cargolux. The weekly service marks the first regular call of a full freighter aircraft at San Juan International Airport. It gives Panalpina’s healthcare customers in the area guaranteed uplift for their cargo on a Boeing 747-400F and the best possible control of their temperature-sensitive goods both on the ground and in the air.

Most of the world’s healthcare giants operate production plants in and around San Juan. Freighters are their preferred choice for moving pharmaceuticals, because with cargo-only flights it is easier to control the temperature of the valuable goods and bigger lots can be moved as a single shipment.

So far, companies exporting goods from Puerto Rico could only use passenger aircraft out of San Juan or freighters out of Aguadilla, 80 miles (130 km) away. “Now our healthcare customers can put their temperature-sensitive goods on a cargo-only aircraft right on their doorstep. Not only do we cut out an 80 mile road leg of the journey, we also ensure the best possible control on the ground and in the air from door-to-door,” says Matthias Frey, global head of Panalpina’s controlled air freight network.