Cargolux and va-Q-tec Join Forces in Specialized Container Rental Deal

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. and va-Q-tec have signed a global rental agreement for the use of va-Q-tec’s advanced passive containers. With this move, Cargolux is able to further strengthen its portfolio and boost its CV Pharma product line that gives customers the most efficient and reliable service for time and temperature-sensitive pharma commodities. The use of va-Q-tec’s thermal containers (va-Q-tainers) enables enhanced cool chain transportation without temperature deviation from production site to consignee, door to door.

“As a service-focused airline, we like to be proactive to emerging customer needs,” says Franco Nanna, Cargolux Director Global Logistics Services. “With the intuitive va-Q-tec passive solutions, Cargolux has the most appropriate and proven shipping tool for temperature sensitive healthcare products. At the same time, it enables quick and simple rental through Cargolux’s centralized and dedicated ULD team, thus taking away a known burden from our customers. We’re proud to join forces with va-Q-tec to ensure that the cold chain is preserved throughout the transportation process. With the many stakeholders in the supply chain, va-Q-tainer is a handling-friendly piece of equipment that can pass flawlessly from one user to the next”.


Dominic Hyde, Managing Director va-Q-tec Limited notes: “Cargolux has deep know-how in handling temperature-sensitive and valuable cargo. The partnership with Cargolux gives our customers what they have been asking for: the possibility to book flight and the va-Q-tainer Serviced Rental in one go to over 90 Cargolux destinations within a one-way rental service. We are excited to partner with Cargolux and jointly grow our business together.”

Cargolux has just recently announced a new direct flight from Europe to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico that mainly caters to the needs of the pharma industry. The service will benefit from the extensive use of va-Q-tec high tech thermal packaging solutions that are ideally suited for this kind of operation.

“We are very happy to add va-Q-tec to our service offerings especially on our Puerto Rico cool chain flights,” says Stavros Evangelakakis, Manager Global Product Management at Cargolux. “We are equally happy to welcome the first customers who support the new service from Puerto Rico to Europe and who will greatly benefit from our endorsement of va-Q-tec.”

Va-q-tec’s advanced passive packaging solutions incorporate phase change material and vacuum insulation panels to provide a safe environment for the transportation of valuable pharmaceutical products. The company develops various Phase Change Materials that absorb and store thermal energy during a freezing or heating process to perfectly maintain the required product storage temperature for the duration of transportation. Vacuum insulation panels are designed and manufactured in-house to ensure the highest quality thermal protection for temperature-sensitive products even in extreme ambient conditions. Together with Cargolux’s advanced 747 freighters, the va-Q-tainers offer the best combination for the specialized needs of pharma shippers.