Cathay Cargo Signs Global Airline Partnership with Tower Cold Chain

Update : 3rd April, 2023

Cathay Cargo has signed a global long-term rental agreement with Tower Cold Chain, giving its customers access to a wider range of temperature-controlled solutions in terms of container size and payload volume.

Ideal for the transportation of life-saving pharmaceutical, biotech and life-science products, Tower’s robust, reliable, reusable solutions are a welcomed addition to Cathay Cargo’s cool container pharmaceutical portfolio.

Allowing the airline to extend its range of container choice, Cathay Pharma customers will have increased flexibility and variety when shipping high-value, temperature-sensitive products in both Euro or US pallet sizes.

This new partnership means customers can access and order Tower’s passive cold chain solutions 24/7 online, either via the Tower website or through Cathay’s booking service, and benefit from 120+ hour protection for products that require an internal temperature of -80°C (ultracold), -60°C (ultracold), -20°C (frozen), +5°C (refrigerated) and +20°C (controlled room temperature).

Available in a comprehensive variety of sizes and volumes, Tower’s containers cover internal payloads ranging from 3075 litres down to 26.4 litres – The KTEvolution, the company’s first hand-held container, ideal for small-batch, direct-to-patient shipments.

This long-term deal coincides with the airline’s rebrand. Previously known as Cathay Pacific Cargo, the rebrand reinforces Cathay’s vision to become one of the world’s greatest service brands and to provide sector-specific expertise and innovative solutions to its customers.

As Tower’s first global airline service agreement, the partnership marks a new watershed in the company’s own rapidly growing reputation. Utilising phase-change materials (PCMs), Tower’s patented design technology guarantees safe temperature-controlled transportation without the need for electricity or human intervention, providing the agility, safety and consistency today’s pharmaceutical supply chains demand. The fully reusable containers, and the option for customers to select a dry-ice free solution for temperatures from -40°C to +40 °C also support Tower and Cathay’s commitment towards sustainability.

Tower containers are available globally via its network of strategic hubs at major airports – a key selling point for Cathay Cargo, as it enables greater proximity and availability for customers, in over 70 destinations worldwide.

“We are delighted to partner with Tower Cold Chain to further enhance our Cathay Pharma portfolio with more choices and innovative solutions to our customers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and life-science industries. Tower’s advanced passive containers deliver proven physical and temperature protection, across all supply chains. This, coupled with Cathay Cargo’s vast distribution network will benefit our customers and, ultimately, their patients around the world,” said Frosti Lau, General Manager Cargo Service Delivery, Cathay Cargo.
“Partnering with a world-class airline like Cathay Cargo ensures their pharmaceutical customers are supported with reliable and seamless temperature-controlled solutions,” said Niall Balfour, Chief Executive of Tower Cold Chain.
“As our first official airline agreement, this project allows a multitude of customers to lease Tower Cold Chain’s reliable containers directly from Cathay Cargo, providing a robust system for safe and seamless transportation of temperature sensitive products to patients on time and on budget. We look forward to working together to transport time-critical and temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals around the world on our global network.”

Tower’s solutions will be displayed on Cathay Cargo’s website, where customers can place orders directly through the airline.


About Tower

Tower delivers proven physical and temperature protection for pharmaceutical and life science products and our robust, reliable, and reusable containers are the essential link in the stability of the cold chain.

Headquartered in the UK, we operate a global network ensuring availability and easy access to our products for all customers.

We are trusted by global pharmaceutical, logistics and airline companies and our experienced team, supported by a centralized quality-management system, reinforces customer confidence that our shipping facilities will meet requirements throughout the supply chain. Our patented design technology ensures our solutions meet the pharmaceutical industry performance standard, providing a minimum of 120 hours temperature compliance in any environment, anywhere in the world.

We work closely with our customers, realizing their requirements and how we can address emerging needs. and to deliver customer-focused innovation in temperature-controlled protection.

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