PURCHASE, N.Y., May 13, 2021 – Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced that its companies Atlas Air, Inc. and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. have each achieved the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Corporate Pharma credential from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), confirming their commitment to meeting pharmaceutical manufacturers’ requirements to transport temperature controlled and time-sensitive products, including vaccines.
CEIV Pharma is a quality certification program developed by IATA that has established high standards for safe air transport of pharmaceuticals around the world to ensure product integrity. Operators who achieve the CEIV Pharma credential undergo a rigorous process to confirm their experience, education and adherence to these high standards.
By achieving this certification, Atlas Air and Polar are even better positioned to deliver the best form of safe transportation for their valued pharma and medical customers around the world, offering them the assurance that CEIV Pharma certification provides.
In pursuing this credential, Atlas Air and Polar adopted standard operating procedures to handle temperature-sensitive products. The companies also completed a multistep process to train ground and warehouse personnel, as well as vendors, in these new procedures, which also included an independent audit.
“Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has added unrelenting operational complexities to our business, our employees around the world are dedicated to meeting and exceeding our customers’ needs in transporting sensitive medical and pharmaceutical products,” said Michael T. Steen, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “This CEIV Pharma certification reinforces the flexibility and reliability of our outstanding team, unrivaled portfolio of assets and scale of our global network.”
Lars Winkelbauer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, said: “Polar’s CEIV Pharma certification affirms the company’s long-standing track record for successfully transporting temperature-sensitive goods like produce and other perishable commodities.
“I am immensely proud of the Polar team for achieving this industry-leading certification, underscoring our ability to maintain end-to-end temperature-controlled shipments across our network.”
Mr. Winkelbauer added: “With the increase in demand for cold-chain transportation tied to vaccines and the equipment needed for safe distribution, our customers can continue to rely on Polar’s expertise around the world.”
Atlas Air’s and Polar’s CEIV Pharma certification is valid through 2024.
About Atlas Air Worldwide:
Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., Southern Air Holdings, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers the broadest array of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.
Atlas Air Worldwide’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company’s home page, www.atlasairworldwide.com. Follow Atlas Air Worldwide on LinkedIn @AtlasAir, on Twitter @AtlasAirWW, and on Instagram @AtlasAirWorldwide.
About Polar Air Cargo Worldwide:
Making connections is Polar Air Cargo Worldwide’s purpose — connecting cargo with its destination, connecting with customers to provide logistics solutions, and connecting with the company’s teams around the world to drive growth and success. Polar is the trusted choice for unmatched on-time performance for time-definite airport-to-airport scheduled air cargo service, and unparalleled ability for unique specialized transport. With a modern, efficient and flexible all-Boeing fleet, Polar sets the standard and helps customers grow by opening new doors to new markets for their goods. More information is available at www.polaraircargo.com. Follow Polar on LinkedIn @PolarAirCargo, on Twitter @PolarAirCargo and on Instagram @PolarAirCargoWorldwide.
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