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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • AUG-SEPT 2016 • Page 17 tained during transportation. “Pharmaceuticals are one of the most important prod- ucts we transport because of the impact on people’s lives and communities across the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ Divisional senior vice president, Cargo. “We decided that it was not only important for us to build state-of-the-art cool chain facilities for the transport of pharma products but to also go the extra mile and ensure the compliance of our operations against the highest international standards.” The new SkyPharma facility at Dubai International airport works in conjunction with SkyCentral DWC, the carrier’s freighter hub in Dubai World Central that offers 4,600 square metres of dedicat- ed area for pharmaceutical cargo. Both facilities comple- ment the range of innovative cool chain products and solutions offered by Emirates, including the Cool Dolly, the White Container and White Cover Advanced, all of which are designed to prevent temperature fluctuations or spikes from occurring during any part of the transportation process. Emirates SkyCargo’s phar- ma handling capabilities at its dual hubs position Dubai as a leading destination for health- care and pharma logistics. In 2015 Emirates SkyCar- go shipped close to 11,000 tonnes of pharmaceutical products across its global network through its hub in Dubai. The top pharmaceuti- cal products shipped includ- ed critical medication for diabetes and cancer, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), blood derivatives and vaccines. Virgin Australia adds US and Abu Dhabi routings AUSTRALIA’s Virgin Australia will launch services from Melbourne to Los Angeles and from Perth to Abu Dhabi in 2017, subject to regulatory approvals. The carrier will introduce five B777- 300ER services each week between Melbourne and Los Angeles from 04 April 2017. On 09 June 2017, it will introduce three services each week between Perth and Abu Dhabi using A330-200 aircraft. John Borghetti, its ceo said: “The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia and this enables us to service Los Angeles from the three biggest gateways in Aus- tralia – Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. “In partnership with Delta Air Lines, we will soon offer 25 services each week from Australia to Los Angeles. “Our A330 aircraft will be deployed on a long-haul international route for the first time on flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi, which increases the number of services offered on the route from seven to 10 per week through our alliance with Etihad Airways.” To enable the introduction of services between Melbourne and Los Angeles, Virgin Australia will cease its three times weekly Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights after 04 February 2017 and will reduce Bris- bane-Los Angeles flights from seven per week to six per week from 07 April 2017. Virgin Australia customers will con- tinue to have the option of twice daily flights between Sydney and Abu Dhabi, with alliance partner Etihad Airways to add three new weekly services on the route in February 2017.