AA Cargo begins work on Philly pharma facility

American Airlines Cargo has started construction of a dedicated pharmaceutical handling facility in Philadelphia, PA.


AA Cargo begins work on Philly pharma facility


American Airlines Cargo has started construction of a dedicated pharmaceutical handling facility in Philadelphia, PA. The new 2,323 sqm facility is designed to cater for a full range of temperature sensitive products being shipped in and out of the strategically important Northeast pharmaceutical corridor of the US.

Included within the new building will be 557 sqm for Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) passive shipments at +15°C and +25°C. In addition a 279 sqm refrigerated area will be available for shipments that need to be maintained in a +2°C to +8°C environment. A deep frozen area will cater to shipments needing to be kept at -10°C to -20°C, and also a zoned active container area with powered charging stations with space for up to 30 electronically controlled units.

The facility is expected to be completed in the fall and will be equipped with advanced technology for monitoring products with proactive alarming and will be validated to 0.25°C. There will also be full back up power generation to ensure product protection in the event of a power failure.

“This new pharmaceutical center will enable American’s provision of state of the art, dedicated services for our life science and healthcare customers. Coupled with our proven handling processes, this facility will complement our existing temperature-sensitive infrastructure enhancements throughout our network”, said Jim W. Butler, president, American Airlines Cargo. “It will allow us to meet and exceed the increasingly sophisticated expectations of those customers with specific temperature requirements both into and out of the United States.”