Panalpina begins Puerto Rico-Luxembourg service

Panalpina has expanded its own controlled airfreight network with a new freighter service from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Europe.


Panalpina begins Puerto Rico-Luxembourg service


Panalpina has expanded its own controlled airfreight network with a new freighter service from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Europe. 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.

The service gives Panalpina’s healthcare customers in the area guaranteed uplift for their cargo on a B747-400F and the best possible control of their temperaturesensitive goods both on the ground and in the air. Most of the world’s healthcare giants operate production plants in and around San Juan and freighters are their preferred choice for moving pharmaceuticals, because with cargoonly flights it is easier to control the temperature of the valuable goods and bigger lots can be moved as a single shipment, Panalpina said. Until now, companies exporting goods from Puerto Rico could only use passenger aircraft out of San Juan or freighters out of Aguadilla, 130 km away.

Panalpina’s experience with pharmaceutical companies and its longterm relationship with Cargolux, coupled with the carrier’s expertise in moving temperature-sensitive goods, helped establish the new route, the logistics giant added.

The service called ‘Caribbean Star’, a scheduled commercial flight operated by Cargolux, uses a B747-400F. Before crossing the Atlantic, the freighter flies from Quito, Ecuador, to Bogota, Colombia, and then directly to Panalpina’s state-of-the-art 3,500 square metre San Juan facility where Panalpina adds the goods. From Luxembourg, Panalpina’s Road Feeder Service (RFS) brings the goods to their final destination in Europe.