Delta Cargo has unveiled a new cargo cooler facility in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), the largest of its kind at the airport.
‘Unparalleled Global Connectivity’…
The new state-of-the-art, 16,000-square-foot facility provides temperature-controlled storage for perishable goods at JFK. This is primarily for pharmaceuticals and perishables.
As a major global airport hub, the new facility is the largest of its kind in JFK and is set to provide “unparalleled global connectivity for temperature-sensitive products” across Delta’s Cargo network.
Rob Walpole, Vice President of Delta Cargo, said: “This is just one of the significant investments Delta is making to innovate and expand our service offerings to our Cargo customers.”
The cooler is promoted as having expert temperature monitoring, enhanced control, and oversight.
Together with specially trained and certified staff, the airline wants to provide reassurance for delicate temperature-critical cargo and the integrity of the cold chain.
Development since the pandemic, the new facility hosts dedicated chambers for pharmaceuticals and perishable goods, which feature distinct temperature zones.
These showed allow ease of storage for a range of products with different temperature requirements.
Another capability of the cooler is the humidity control and dedicated capacity for seafood – ensuring the freshness of perishable food products when arriving at their destination.
“By expanding our cold chain footprint and leveraging our extensive partner and route network at JFK, we are offering an unparalleled set of options for our customers looking to move temperature-sensitive shipments through the Northeast corridor,” Walpole added.
JFK’s Delta Cargo Hub
Delta Cargo said the cooler was “strategically built into the JFK infrastructure” to improve the efficiency of cargo transportation.
The airline already has an extensive network from JFK with 34 flights to 26 cities across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This network includes the top 10 pharma markets.
“This cargo cooler is the latest of Delta’s significant investments in the transformation at this airport,” said Teresa Rizzuto, JFK General Manager.
The recent announcement follows further expansion and development projects the airline has started at JFK. The 1.5 billion USD expansion project at New York-JFK was started in December 2021. The airline, as of January this year, had moved all its operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4.
The move resulted in 10 new aircraft gates on Concourse A, which provide modern, spacious seating areas and upgraded passenger facilities.
Developments in the terminal have also included updated check-in and baggage drop area with the latest technology. These include self-service check-in kiosks and Delta’s signature digital back wall with up-to-date gate information.
There are also further developments in progress, such as the expansion to Concourse B, expected in Autumn 2023, and the new Delta Sky Club in Terminal 4’s Concourse A, planned for the Summer.
On the subject of Delta’s expansion, “[The cooler is] another example of their partnership in creating a world-class global gateway at JFK that not only features a best-in-class passenger experience but also state-of-the-art cargo handling that will strengthen our supply chain and boost the region’s economy,” Rizzuto added.