Delta Cargo unveils largest cooling facility in the US

Published: Friday, March 31, 2023

Delta Cargo has unveiled the largest cooling facility at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to better support cargo that requires specialised temperature-sensitive handling.

This facility will serve as the main cold chain facility for pharmaceutical and healthcare products at the airport, while also enabling perishable cargo shipping of produce and fresh goods.

The cooler boasts expert temperature monitoring, enhanced control and oversight, and specially trained and certified staff to ensure precise handling and integrity of the cold chain.

Each of the facility’s dedicated chambers for pharmaceuticals and perishable goods features distinct temperature zones designed to keep products ranging from vaccines to berries at their specific, required temperature throughout the entire journey.

The cooler also has humidity control capabilities as well as dedicated capacity for seafood, ensuring that customers’ cargo arrives at its destination as fresh as the time it was packed.

“This is just one of the significant investments Delta is making to innovate and expand our service offerings to our Cargo customers,” said Rob Walpole, vice president – Delta Cargo.

“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.”

Teresa Rizzuto, JFK general manager, added: “This cargo cooler is the latest of Delta’s significant investments in the transformation at this airport and 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.”

Delta is JFK’s largest global carrier, operating up to 34 flights to 26 cities across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East – including the top 10 pharma markets – as well as service to key Latin American and Caribbean markets.