Finnair lays terminal cornerstone, becomes first CEIV airline

The certificate was presented to Finnair Cargo in conjunction of the laying of the cornerstone of Finnair’s new cargo terminal, the COOL Nordic Cargo (CNC) hub at Helsinki Airport on 30 June 2015.


Antti Kuusenmaki CEIV Pharma CNC COOL Nordic Cargo Finnair Cargo Helsinki Airport Juha Jarvinen Rafael Schvartzman


Finnair Cargo has received certification under IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics program (CEIV Pharma). Finnair joined the programme under the successful Brussels Airport CEIV Pharma Community approach, as Brussels is Finnair Cargo’s 2nd hub.

Pharmaceuticals such as vaccines and biotech medicines are among the most delicate products transported as air cargo, and therefore, it is essential to ensure their transport follows a global standard and strict temperature control guidelines. “We are committed to be at the forefront in the fast growing Pharma transport segment and provide excellent service to our customers. Therefore, we are honored to be the first carrier in the world to complete the IATA pharmaceutical certification process “, said Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer.

The certificate was presented to Finnair Cargo in conjunction of the laying of the cornerstone of Finnair’s new cargo terminal, the COOL Nordic Cargo (CNC) hub at Helsinki Airport on 30 June 2015. The new state-of-the-art terminal will feature separate temperature controlled areas for the handling of Pharmaceuticals as well as other perishables foodstuffs.

“We are delighted to recognise Finnair and its HEL station as CEIV Pharma Certified – the first airline to complete this process.  Finnair has raised the bar high for the rest to follow. I congratulate Finnair on this achievement”, said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s regional VP for Europe.