Virgin Atlantic and Delta launch new Pharma Zone at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo launches a new Pharma Zone at their joint facility at London Heathrow, supporting the growing volumes of temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products being carried by both airlines.

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Darren Sherlock, Manager, Products & Partnerships at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, who has led the Pharma Zone project, said: “The opening of the Pharma Zone is the latest enhancement to the pharma products of both airlines. This has also recently seen Delta Cargo become the first U.S. global passenger carrier to gain IATA’s CEIV Pharma Logistics certification corporately and at its Atlanta operational hub, while Virgin Atlantic Cargo is on track to achieve Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA) certification in the UK by the end of the year to confirm our GDP compliance. This reflects our joint commitment to delivering the correct level of service required for temperature-controlled pharma products at both origin and destination points across our networks.”


“This dedicated Pharma facility at London Heathrow is an important addition to our global pharma network and, most importantly, provides our customers and pharmaceutical manufacturers access to another major international gateway. Delta Cargo has successfully achieved CEIV certification in Atlanta and for Delta’s headquarters. Over the next year we aim to add our other key hubs to the network, starting with New York-JFK and Los Angeles,” said Shawn Cole, Vice President-Delta Cargo.


“This network, combined with the promise of speed, consistency and efficiency in delivering high-value, time-sensitive, temperature-controlled products right across the network really is a first for the Delta Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo joint venture.”