Korean Air Awarded IATA CEIV Pharma Certification
Korean Air has been awarded the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification. IATA’s ‘CEIV Pharma’ is an international standard that indicates an airline’s capability to manage pharmaceuticals, including the handling procedure, equipment and facilities. More than 280 check lists are evaluated by validator to authorize the certification.
The pharmaceutical product is a booming cargo sector, with an annual average growth rate of 5.4% over the past decade. Unlike general cargo, pharmaceuticals such as vaccines or insulin, can be easily spoiled unless transported at the correct temperature or refrigerated storage. In this respect, Korean Air has established a strict management system to control temperatures.
Korean Air has set up implementing procedures to deal with various situations such as power failure or temperature changes when opening and closing the temperature-controlled facilities of the cargo terminal.
In preparation for the ‘CEIV Pharma’ certification, Korean Air adopted the international standard and regulations for handling pharmaceuticals and established high quality customized services. Korean Air also conducted special pharmaceutical training for all employees, including its suppliers.
Total 220 companies, including 18 airlines, have received the ‘CEIV Pharma’ certification so far.
About Korean Air
Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines carrying more than 26 million passengers in 2018. The airline operates over 460 flights per day to 124 cities in 44 countries on five continents; it has a modern fleet of 168 aircraft and employs over 20,000 professional employees. Korean Air’s core business includes passenger, cargo, aerospace, catering and in-flight sales. The airline’s main hub is at the Incheon (ICN) International Airport Terminal 2 which opened in 2018.
Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which together with its 19 members annually welcomes 630 million passengers worldwide, on more than 14,500 daily flights, covering 1,150 destinations in 175 countries. The airline launched a joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines in the trans-Pacific market in May 2018.
In 2019 Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary. With a vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community, Korean Air is dedicated to providing excellence in flight.