The cargo division of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airlines, Etihad Cargo, recently reached a significant milestone in the region by becoming the Middle East’s first ever cargo carrier to be awarded the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification in Pharma Logistics.

The airline now joins an elite group of just 16 carriers to hold this certification.

The new certification covers all operations of the Etihad Cargo airline along with all their cargo handling and warehousing services at their Abu Dhabi International Airport hub.

Managing Director Cargo and Logistics for the Etihad Aviation Group, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid said, “Etihad Cargo is honored to become the region’s first carrier to be awarded IATA’s CEIV designation for Pharma. Since we launched our refreshed strategy in early 2018, a lot of focus has gone towards enhancing our premium product verticals and offering the highest quality and reliability standards to our customers. Today our TempCheck product receives a major boost with this important certification.”

Etihad Airport Services LLC. a cargo handling subsidiary of the Etihad group has also been awarded the CEIV Pharma certification. To gain the certification Etihad has undergone a major enhancement program to their facilities, systems and processes to meet the stringent requirements that CEIV Pharma demands. These enhancements include thermal blankets both in Abu Dhabi and at key stations throughout the world, the planned use of cool dollies at Abu Dhabi International Airport and expanding their options for temperature-controlled containers with several key partnerships formed with additional active container suppliers.

Mr. Shadid added, “2018 was a pivotal year in our transformation journey, and the most successful in our history, where we were able to set new performance records across various areas of our operations,”

“We redefined our freighter fleet strategy focusing on the Boeing 777 freighter, as well as a new and refreshed freighter network adding key capacity on core trade lanes. We also recently launched two new products, FlightValet and FreshForward, both of which have seen remarkable successes, and in October we completed our digital migration to the leading iCargo technology platform. CEIV Pharma presents us with the perfect start to the year, setting a baseline for what we need to accomplish to reaffirm our place as a true air cargo partner of choice”.