ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL., U.S. – Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco, one of the largest global providers of temperature assurance packaging, and Qatar Airways Cargo, a first-choice air cargo provider connecting global communities, have announced a global partnership agreement for leasing the new Pegasus ULD® temperature-controlled bulk shipping container. The agreement enables pharmaceutical freight forwarders access to Pegasus ULD® containers directly from Qatar Airways Cargo. This solution is part of Qatar Airways Cargo’s Next Generation strategy, which is to offer its customers the best innovation to pave the way for the industry.
Sonoco ThermoSafe’s Pegasus ULD® is the world’s first FAA and EASA-approved passive bulk temperature-controlled ULD container for pharmaceutical use, which enables it to speed through international air freight handling and customs processes at the lowest possible cost. With a focus on sustainability, the Pegasus ULD® is engineered with composite materials, offering a lighter solution that is substantially more damage-resistant than traditional metal containers. Additionally, the Pegasus ULD® contains a fully integrated, FAA-approved telemetry system providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature and key environmental factors, precisely synchronized with GPS location.
“We are excited to partner with Qatar Airways Cargo to bring the Pegasus ULD® to their extensive network as they safely transport pharmaceuticals around the world,” said Bourji Mourad, who heads Logistics and Partner Management for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s Bulk Rental Group.
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About Sonoco ThermoSafe
Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco, is one of the largest global providers of temperature assurance packaging for the safe and efficient transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines, and other temperature-sensitive products. Sonoco ThermoSafe shipping solutions mitigate risk for customers and ensure product efficacy throughout the extremes of a supply chain. With operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Sonoco ThermoSafe has a vast product offering featuring industry-leading technology encompassing refrigerated, frozen, or controlled room temperature applications. In addition, Sonoco ThermoSafe’s ISC Labs® deliver individualized design and testing services and innovative packaging solutions along with qualification and validation services to meet all regulatory requirements. More information can be found at www.thermosafe.com.
About Qatar Airways Cargo
Qatar Airways Cargo is a world leading international air cargo carrier based in Doha, Qatar. It serves a global network of more than 60 freighter destinations and 150 passenger destinations utilizing freighters, belly-hold passenger flights, passenger freighters, and mini freighters. The airline’s freighter fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, two Boeing 747-400 freighters, 26 Boeing 777 freighters, and one Airbus 310 freighter. It also has an extensive road feeder service (RFS) network.