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Lufthansa gains CEIV certificates in Munich and Chicago

[ March 16, 2021   //   ]

Lufthansa Cargo has gained the CEIV mark for its pharma centre in Munich and Chicago, opened in summer 2020, and bringing its total certified network to 32 stations worldwide. The International Air Transport Association label assures reliable handling and storage of urgent and temperature-sensitive shipments to the highest international standards, particularly relevant for the transport of highly sensitive Covid-19 vaccines, says the carrier.

Senior director industry development and product management, Thorsten Braun, commented: “The latest CEIV Pharma certification of our centres in Munich and Chicago confirms our high competence in handling pharmaceutical products. With the construction of the two new state-of-the-art centers, we have been able to significantly expand our excellent pharma network. Particularly in view of the corona pandemic, these are promising investments for the future. We can offer our customers the global transport of sensitive corona vaccines via two additional certified centers.”

The Lufthansa Cargo Pharma Hub Munich, opened in August 2020 is the first cold storage facility with CEIV Pharma certification at the airport. Covering almost 1,000sq m, it offers two +2 to +8 °C and +15 to +25 °C areas as well as a deep-freeze cell.

Lufthansa Cargo Pharma Center Chicago opened at O’ Hare Airport in June 2020 with a deep-freeze cell and temperature ranges or +2 to +8 °C and +15 to +25 °C on 750sq m. It also offers space for 54 pallets in a unique temperature-controlled rack storage system.

The Lufthansa Cargo Pharma Hub Frankfurt was already expanded in 2018 and accounts for a large proportion of the carrier’s pharmaceutical traffic. With approximately 8,800sq m, it is one of the world’s first CEIV-certified  refrigeration centres.

In December 2020, Lufthansa Cargo expanded its offering with Covid-19 Temp Premium which includes monitoring, high-priority capacity access and 24/7 after-sales support.

Lufthansa Cargo has up to 200 additional stations with Active Temp Control or Passive Temp Support, making it one of the largest pharmaceutical networks in the world.