Air Cargo Management

DoKaSch’s Opticooler RKN container certified by FAA

DoKaSch Temperature Solutions’ ‘Opticooler’ RKN container has been certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The approval of the compact RKN container follows the certification of the already well-established larger Opticooler RAP in the US.

Both containers have hitherto already been used for active air cargo transportation on US routes by various non-US airlines. With this FAA approval, every US based airline can now have both DoKaSch Opticooler containers technically certified and validated.

“US airlines as well as forwarders can now optimally meet their increasing demand for extremely secure and reliable cold chain solutions for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals,” DoKaSch stated.

First technical approvals are currently in process by US-based airlines, the company added.

While the Opticooler RAP offers space for four CP 1 pallets (or five Euro pallets), the recently approved Opticooler RKN holds one CP 1 pallet (or any standard US pallet, up to max. 48 inch x 48 inch).

“Both systems are characterised by reliability and resilience,” DoKaSch added. “Redundant systems for electrification and full air-conditioning enable precise heating and cooling without dry ice. Thus, these containers transport valuable and sensitive pharmaceuticals while avoiding temperature deviations at an extremely high level and with high independence of outside conditions.

“The Opticoolers are equipped with high performance batteries and require merely a power socket to be (re-)charged. Furthermore, they can also be utilised as temporary storage units whenever the necessary cooling infrastructure is lacking.”

Andreas Seitz, managing director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, commented: “The US is one of our most important markets, which we already serve for many years with our ‘Opticooler’ RAP and RKN by an array of airlines. The FAA’s approval of the Opticooler RKN has been well received by the US pharma industry, as it can now also choose US-based airlines to utilise the RAP and RKN, depending upon its needs.

“This last gap in serving that market has been closed by DoKaSch extending its entire Opticooler fleet to all US-based airlines, enabling them to now also service their home market for international shipment. We are pleased to have both of our containers now fully approved by the relevant bodies, providing pharmaceutical shippers and forwarders a full fletched choice globally.”

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