United Airlines (UAL) and DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, have announced several growth and expansion initiatives in Puerto Rico.
The two companies are working together to continue developing Puerto Rico’s life sciences and pharmaceutical industries by increasing widebody flights, and offering expanded cold chain storage solutions with three new temperature-controlled chambers operating at 15° to 25° C (59° to 77° F) in San Juan.
DHL will expand its San Juan warehouse to offer increased capacity for handling shipments that require strict temperature controls.
United, in part to serve the increased demand for moving temperature-controlled shipments by air, will add widebody aircraft flights between San Juan and the airline’s New York/Newark NJ hub.
The DHL facility expansion will take place by dividing DHL’s current 5,616-square-foot warehouse in San Juan into three independently operated cold chambers with a combined capacity of 324 pallets using single pallet racks or 486 pallets on double deep racks. Each of the three chambers will operate at 15° to 25° C (59° to 77° F) and have 100% redundant refrigeration systems. The chambers will also have a hot gas injection system to maintain required relative humidity levels during operation.
DHL has been present in Puerto Rico since 1958 and has operations in San Juan with 35 professionals dedicated to servicing the island’s life sciences and health care industry.
According to the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), the island has 49 FDA-approved pharmaceutical plants, and 12 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies have a presence there. It also is the fifth-largest pharmaceutical manufacturing territory in the world. DHL Global Forwarding offers life sciences and health care customers services that include transportation sourcing and management, shipment tracking, specialty cold chain packaging, RFID label application and temperature-controlled storage and fulfillment.
Beginning December 18, 2016, United will increase widebody service between San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport from one to six flights weekly. The route will operate with Boeing 777 aircraft offering customers 344 seats.
For more information, go to www.united.com.