To support the goal of safe, reliable and efficient transportation of pharmaceutical products, Delta Cargo has approved the DoKaSch Opticooler RAP container for use on Delta aircraft as part of its cold chain pharma program for the safe transportation of vaccines.

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This climate-control solution offers pharmaceutical and life science companies a controlled and reliable 2-8 degrees Celsius and 15-25 degrees Celsius options, enabling it to be used for Pharma 1 transportation including vaccines, without the need for dry ice. The Opticooler has a large control panel plus quadruple redundancy for all critical parts, meaning there are backups for each feature in case of failure. The large loading compartment accommodates five standard Euro pallets or four CP-1 pallets, plus the container has a large battery operating independently up to 120 hours and requires only 2 to 4 hours battery-charging time.

Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, said, "This agreement with Delta provides more transport options for shippers of sensitive pharmaceutical goods, which is especially important for the upcoming transport of vaccines against COVID-19. Many of these will require a temperature range between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius during transport, which is exactly what our Opticooler is made for. Delta further expands our extensive global network which allows us to offer our temperature-controlled packaging solutions at even more locations."

Delta Cargo was the first U.S. passenger carrier to receive IATA's Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma Logistics Certification. This means that Delta is compliant, in its Atlanta warehouse and at 49 Pharma approved airports across the globe, provided through its handling partners. Delta has also expanded its cooler facilities at the Atlanta warehouse.