Maestro International Cargo handles sixteen COVID-19 charters in March including three pharma-only charters totaling 200 metric tons
By: Maestro International Cargo
In the past two weeks, Maestro have handled sixteen charter flights to and from Asia and Europe filled with medical equipment and supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line healthcare workers battling the pandemic.
Unique to Maestro were three charters loaded entirely with pharmaceuticals totaling 220 metric tons or more than 440,000 pounds. Utilizing their state-of-the-
"We have been in constant contact with a number of large freight forwarders who have firsthand knowledge of the capabilities of our three-chamber cooler system," shares Robert Hanson, Maestro's Chief Operating Officer (COO). "These important, life-saving drugs arrive by temperature controlled truck and are quickly moved into storage at the designated range advised to us by the manufacturer."
"From there, the cargo is stored until it is staged and moved to the aircraft for loading and immediate departure."
While Hanson cannot name the underlying forwarder and shipper customers due to confidentiality, the pharmaceutical companies have been at the forefront of efforts to increase testing and provide lifesaving drugs to patients fighting the most severe symptoms of the virus.
About Maestro International Cargo:
Established in 2017, Maestro international Cargo is an airside ground handler offering services to scheduled passenger and freighter airlines and ad hoc charters at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Maestro operates a 90,000 square foot warehouse that includes a state-of-the art three chamber, 12,000 square foot pharmaceutical-