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Continental Airlines Cargo claims the distinction of being the first airline to be accredited as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP). To be accredited under the QEP Training and Quality program, a carrier must employ industry-recognized best practices when managing shipments using Envirotainer's temperature-controlled air cargo containers. Envirotainer launched the program at the end of 2006, following consultation with major healthcare companies. Airline and freight-forwarder participants in the accreditation program must demonstrate how their quality systems - including training, procedures and audits - comply with the QEP program standards. So far, Envirotainer has audited and accredited Continental's stations in Houston, Newark and San Francisco. The airline has committed itself to a rollout of the QEP program at other major global stations, including Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Tokyo-Narita, London, Milan and Sao Paulo. Envirotainer has recently decided to focus solely on serving the pharmaceutical market with its fleet of more than 3,500 active temperature-controlled air cargo containers.
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