Air Canada Cargo - Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceutical Freight Services
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Air Canada Cargo

Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceutical Freight Services

Air Canada Cargo is a full-service provider of air freight services offering specialised shipping solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.


Air freight services shipping solutions

Air Canada Cargo is a full-service provider of air freight services offering specialised shipping solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.

Temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments

For temperature-sensitive healthcare shipments requiring temperature control, Air Canada Cargo offers AC Cool Chain, a selection of solutions for active and passive packaging conditions.

AC Cool Chain includes AC Absolute° and AC Pharmacair, which are offered at more than 30 certified locations such as Japan, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Israel, the US and throughout Europe.

AC Absolute° is an active temperature-controlled solution designed for temperature-sensitive shipments that require precise conditions.

Temperature-controlled containers are available for leasing, which use dry-ice or electric-based technologies to maintain the required range.

Passive temperature-controlled solutions for pre-packaged healthcare shipments

AC Pharmacair is a passive temperature-controlled solution, designed for healthcare commodities that are pre-packaged to maintain the desired temperature.

The AC Cool Chain solution features:

  • Standard operating procedures that comply with IATA regulations
  • Dedicated staff trained in quality handling of AC Cool Chain shipments
  • Refrigerated and ambient holding areas
  • Specific tender and retrieval times
  • Expedited Tarmac times to minimise exposure to environmental elements
  • Solid contingency and a corrective action plan
  • Online shipment tracking

GPS devices are approved for use on Air Canada’s flights, enabling clients real-time visibility and data collection for their shipments.

DuPont Tyvek Air Cargo Covers are available as an optional feature for AC Pharmacair shipments at select cities throughout the worldwide network.

Worldwide shipping and direct services

Air Canada Cargo provides direct services to and from 150 cities on five continents, and holds global coverage in more than 300 cities through interline partnerships, and a trucking network.

Hubs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, London and Frankfurt provide optimal global connections, and allow for the continuous shipment of goods to and from anywhere in Air Canada’s network.

Air Canada Cargo offers a range of services and solutions, each designed to meet specific shipping requirements, based on the commodity, or on the time-sensitive nature of the cargo.

Managed by a team of industry experts, the solutions provided are continuously evolve to meet industry regulations, market demands and the needs of clients.

About Air Canada Cargo

Air Canada Cargo, a division of Air Canada, is focused on innovation and capitalising on emerging technologies, and developing applications to maximise efficiencies.

AC Absolute°

For temperature-sensitive commodities that require an active temperature controlled unit, the AC Absolute° solution offers a variety of containers with dry ice and electrical-based temperature control technologies.

AC Pharmacair

The AC Pharmacair solution is for temperature-sensitive healthcare commodities that do not require an active temperature controlled unit, such as vaccines and pills that are pre-packaged to maintain the desired product temperatures.

AC Cool Chain Solution

When booking AC Cool Chain, you can expect an active and passive packaging solution that has a simple and competitive pricing structure.

Freighter Flights Update

The agreement between Air Canada and Cargojet will expire at the end of the year and will not be extended. As such, dedicated freighter service will be terminated to and from Mexico, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Bogota, Lima, and Frankfurt.

Upcoming Cool Chain Conferences

Air Canada Cargo is participating in a number of temperature-controlled supply chain conferences in the coming months.

Flexible AC Cool Chain Solutions

Air Canada Cargo provides a range of AC Cool Chain solutions is recommended and used worldwide for air transportation of temperature-sensitive shipments, which typically include fresh produce, seafood, flowers, healthcare, and pharmaceutical products.

Handling Dangerous Goods

Air Canada Cargo is fully certified to carry shipments from all nine dangerous good classes.

Specialised Freight Flights to Lyon, France

With the second highest city GDP in France, Lyon is a city of key economic importance. Known for its cuisine, Lyon is a key market for perishables, and increasing demand for high-tech and bio-tech commodities is rooted in the local growth of those sectors.

Freighter Capacity At Your Doorstep

Air Canada Cargo's dedicated freighter service provides year-round main and lower deck capacity for your shipments to key markets including Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Mexico City, Bogota, Lima, and Frankfurt.

Year-Round Service to Taipei

Air Canada Cargo has announced that it will be launching a year-round, 787-9 service to Taipei, providing a convenient option for shipments from John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

e-Booking Just Got Better

We're excited to announce the following enhancements to our e-Booking tool, based on your feedback and suggestions.

Daily Flights to Amsterdam

Air Canada Cargo's network, trucking connections, and daily flights from Toronto to Amsterdam allow for companies in Canada, the US, Latin America, and Mexico to easily access the Netherlands.

Envirotainer Award QEP Accreditation to Air Canada Cargo

Envirotainer has awarded Air Canada Cargo with Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) Accreditation for its Toronto Pearson International Airport (YZZ) hub, as well as six other stations in cities including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Chicago, and Indianapolis.