Brussels Airlines Cargo receives CEIV certificate for pharmaceuticals transport

Brussels Airlines Cargo receives CEIV certificate for pharmaceuticals transport

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, has awarded Brussels Airlines Cargo with its CEIV Pharma certificate, IATA’s excellence label for pharmaceutical transport. CEIV, the Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators, have reviewed the airline’s processes in recent months and has assessed Brussels Airlines as showing great reliability, expertise and quality in its pharma processes.

Transporting healthcare products by air requires a rigorous logistical approach. Adhering to strict temperature criteria is crucial to safeguard the quality of medication throughout the transportation process. As part of the Brussels Airport Pharma Hub, Brussels Airlines cargo has been investing in its pharma handling across its entire network, ensuring high quality service to pharmaceuticals partners. At the Air Cargo India conference held in Mumbai, IATA awarded Brussels Airlines Cargo with its CEIV certificate, recognizing its pharma transport expertise.

“The CEIV certification is about implementing the right processes and creating a culture of continuous awareness in order to raise the quality level of our services on a daily basis. During this journey and through local and international cross-industry collaboration (such as Pharma.Aero), Brussels Airlines Cargo is engaged in an open dialogue with pharma shippers and forwarders. The most important element is to increase the end-to-end transparency for all stakeholders.”
--  Reinout Puissant, Cargo Business Development & Interline Manager at Brussels Airlines

“Temperature-controlled shipments have become a very important segment in the air cargo market. This CEIV certificate is a reward for the commitment of our company towards reliable pharma transport. I am very proud of the work achieved by our teams.”
--  Alban François, Vice President, Cargo at Brussels Airlines.


Brussels Airport is the preferred European pharma gateway and is the first and largest airport community to be CEIV certified (since 2014). This is not a coincidence, as Belgium is a world leader in the pharmaceuticals industry. The industry employs almost 30,000 people in Belgium and this figure keeps growing year after year. Pharmaceuticals account for over 10% of Belgium's total exports. Brussels Airlines’ pharmaceutical transport activities grew by 56% in 2017 and now consist of 10% of the airline’s cargo activities. With the CEIV certificate, the airline looks to further expand its pharma activities in the future.

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Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs 3,100 people and operates 41 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the  Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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