Continental Airlines Cargo has signed a global contract with Envirotainer, a developer of temperature-controlled air-cargo containers. The deal marks an expansion of the airline's "cold-chain" service. It will allow for increased use of Envirotainer's active temperature-controlled containers for customers using Continental's ClimateSecure service. The advanced unit load device (ULD) containers offer an alternative to such traditional cooling methods as foam, gel packs and insulating blankets, the airline said. The new agreement with Envirotainer allows Continental to expand its position as the only U.S. airline with a comprehensive temperature-controlled shipping program, according to Mark Mohr, manager of product development and specialty sales. ClimateSecure provides an uninterrupted, door-to-door cool chain for up to 72 hours, or longer when dry ice and batteries are replenished in transit. The service is designed for shippers of high-value and sensitive goods, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, cosmetics, fine art and perishables. As part of the new agreement, Continental will participate in Envirotainer's training program, while working to become a QEP-CEP (Qualified/Certified Envirotainer Partner) accredited airline.
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