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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Sept. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sonoco ThermoSafe has announced a rapid expansion of the Pegasus ULD fleet accessible through a direct lease from Sonoco, or through the growing global network of strategic partner airlines and freight forwarders.
Pharmaceutical companies and their logistics providers face choices every day about how best to cost-effectively and efficiently transport high-value healthcare shipments around the world. Choosing the right airline and temperature-controlled packaging solutions can make all the difference to on-time, temperature-controlled shipments, which ultimately must be safe for patients.
Sonoco ThermoSafe is excited to add another choice. The Pegasus ULD is in a class of its own as the only Certified Temperature Controlled Container (TCC) for advanced passive aircraft. The Pegasus container is a Unit Load Device (ULD), which means it is classified as aircraft equipment and locks into the lower deck cargo hold of the aircraft without the need to place the container on a PMC (aircraft pallet) nor to use straps and nets to secure it to the PMC before loading it onto the aircraft. Without these extra steps, Pegasus ULD shipments move quickly through airports avoiding delays at customs and ground handling agents at the lowest possible cost.
Sonoco’s global service network stations include partnerships with ACL Airshop, Unilode Aviation Solutions and Focus WFS where the Pegasus ULD fleet is in stock and available for release today. Each station is an FAA 145 facility capable of performing maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) ULDs required in accordance with regulatory flight safety requirements. Each station also performs ground services to include pre-conditioning of PCM (Phase Change Material) cylinders in the temperature-controlled chambers available on site.
The list of airlines that have approved the Pegasus ULD for lifting their aircraft continues to grow; to name a few, it includes American, Asiana, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Korean Air, LATAM, Qatar Airways, Singapore, Swiss, Turkish and United. Pharmaceutical companies can also contact their logistics providers for assistance with Pegasus ULD containers and book air freight through one of these airlines.
With sustainability being a key consideration for pharmaceutical manufacturers across their businesses and operations, the Pegasus ULD offers a reusable packaging solution that dramatically reduces landfills by moving away from single-use pallet packaging. .
The unique Pegasus ULD:
– First FAA and EASA approved bulk temperature-controlled advanced passive container offered through a rental program
– Integrated, FAA-approved cloud-based real-time data including GPS location, payload and ambient temperatures, light and other environmental factors
“Having worked in the air cargo temperature management and cold chain solutions industry for decades, I can honestly say that the Pegasus ULD is one of the most customer- and industry-friendly technologies in the industry. environment in the market for transporting time and temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. We are delighted to announce our growing global service network, partner airlines and transport partners,” says Bourji Mourad, who leads logistics and partner management for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s bulk rental group.
The Pegasus ULD will be showcased at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in London at the end of September, and on tour in Europe and the United States where air cargo providers and pharmaceutical companies can see the new container technology up close. Locations and times are listed here. The Pegasus fleet and our partners are ready to fly.
About Sonoco ThermoSafe
Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE: SON), is one of the world’s largest providers of temperature-controlled packaging for the safe and efficient transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines and other temperature-sensitive products. temperature. Sonoco ThermoSafe shipping solutions mitigate risk for customers and ensure product efficiency across the ends of a supply chain. With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Sonoco ThermoSafe offers a wide range of products with state-of-the-art technology that encompasses chilled, frozen or controlled room temperature applications. Additionally, Sonoco ThermoSafe’s ISC labs® provide individualized design and testing services and innovative packaging solutions as well as qualification and validation services to meet all regulatory requirements. More information can be found at www.thermosafe.com.
Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE: SON) is a global supplier of consumer, industrial, healthcare and protective packaging. With net sales of approximately $5.6 billion in 2021, the company has approximately 22,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 32 countries serving some of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 countries. Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, services and programs for our customers, employees and communities that support our corporate goal of better packaging. Better life. The company ranked first in the packaging industry on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2022 and was included in Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the fourth consecutive year. For more information about the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.
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