Here in the Nordics, we value quality, punctuality and precision. And with one of the most modern terminals in Europe, we embrace the benefits of Digital Technology to help you meet your business targets.
Real-time pharma monitoring
Data is monitored in real time on screens in the pharma area to quickly identify temperature excursions and take immediate corrective action.
In the Controlled Room Temperature area (CRT), an alarm is triggered if the temperature goes below +16°C or above +23°C. For the cold storage area (COL), an alarm is triggered if the temperature goes below +4°C or above +7°C. And in the frozen area (FRO), an alarm is triggered if the temperature goes below -30°C or above -17°C.
Temperature sensors feed data directly to the Cargo Control Center (CCC) at our COOL terminal.
Our pharma network includes the following stations that have dedicated facilities and processes for the handling of temperature sensitive pharma shipments: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Delhi, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Osaka, Oslo, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore and Zürich.
Finnair pharma stations
An approved Finnair pharma station is an airport where our handling agent has facilities and processes for properly handling temperature- sensitive pharma shipments.
- Correct facilities, procedures
- Temperature-controlled storage facilities
- Processes and procedures in compliance with IATA Pharma CEIV requirements
- Specially-trained pharma staff
- Risk assessment documentation covering everything
Pharma lane service by air:
- Aircraft are operated by Finnair
- Controlled shipment temperature in the hold
Pharma lane service by road:
- Operated by a Finnair approved trucking company (under Finnair flight number)
- The trucking company has an IATA pharma CEIV certificate, a GDP certificate, or a service level agreement (SLA) to follow Finnair Cargo’s requirements and metrics.
Pharma special handling codes
PHA – pharma shipments without a temperature requirement (a Finnair-specific special handling code used for the “Pharma Light” Finnair service. It is not an IATA standard and not as relevant as PIL)
PIL – used for all temperature-controlled pharma shipments (an IATA standard code which must always be used together with the applicable temperature code)
COL – pharma is to be kept between +2°C and +8°C (e.g. vaccines)
CRT – pharma is kept between +15°C and +25°C
ERT – pharma is kept between +2°C and +25°C
FRO – pharma is kept in a freezer with a temperature
between –17°C and –30°C
Container solutions for pharma shipments
Finnair is ready to handle pharma shipments in active and passive containter solutions and both container types can be pre-ordered through us.
Active solutions for temperature-sensitive shipments
Currently, we can offer Envirotainer containers for temperature control during transport. For details please see their web page.
Passive solutions for temperature-sensitive shipments
Va-Q-Tec passive containers can be pre-ordered through us. Va-Q- Tec offers several different packing solutions: Eurox, Twinx, Usx and XLx. We can handle other container types, but if it is classified as a ULD, it must go through the Finnair Cargo approval process before commercial use.