《TAIPEI TIMES》 CAL eyes vaccine shipping business
Ground crew prepare to load cargo onto a China Airlines Ltd plane at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in an undated photograph. Photo courtesy of China Airlines Ltd
By Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporter
China Airlines Ltd （CAL, 中華航空） yesterday announced the launch of a special cold chain logistics service to transport goods that need to be stored at minus-80°C in a bid to secure orders to ship COVID-19 vaccines.
The service uses using passive temperature-controlled containers, the airline said.
The airline has not received an assignment from the government, but the launch of the new service is expected to help the airline gain orders to transports vaccines to other countries, it said.
CAL in 2013 started a cold chain logistics service for medical supplies and materials, which can transport goods stored in a temperature range of minus-20°C and 25°C, suitable for most vaccines and drugs, it said.
CAL said it is the only Taiwanese carrier with Center of Excellence for Independent Validators certification from the International Air Transport Association.