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Updated June 27, 2022

  • Joe Breitfeller

Air Canada Cargo Inaugurates Enhanced Cold Chain Handling Facility in Toronto

Air Canada Cargo has today inaugurated a new cold chain handling facility at their Toronto Pearson International Airport cargo hub. The new $16 million facility will enhance the carrier’s cold chain handling capability for pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables.


Air Canada Cargo Boeing 767-300ER BCF Freighter Rendering - Courtesy Air Canada

On Wednesday (March 16, 2022), Air Canada announced the inauguration of Air Canada Cargo’s new cold chain handling facility at their Toronto Pearson International Airport cargo hub. The $16 million project will enhance the airline’s cold chain cargo capabilities for shipments such as pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables. The upgraded facility features over 30,000 square feet of temperature-controlled areas and an expanded cooler to fully meet the requirements of cold chain shipments. The enhancements announced today are just the first step in the company’s multi-year investment plan for the facility, and are part of several planned infrastructure investment projects for Air Canada Cargo.


In today’s announcment, Air Canada’s Vice President – Cargo, Jason Berry, said,


“This is an exciting day for Air Canada Cargo as we take another step forward in our evolution. The enhanced temperature-controlled facility is the only one of its kind for a Canadian airline and positions Air Canada Cargo to continue successfully growing our business, including the launch of our dedicated freighter aircraft. This investment, and the others that are to follow, will allow us to better serve our customers and I am very excited for what the future holds for Air Canada Cargo.”


As part of Air Canada’s long-term goal to achieve net zero emissions, the facility renovations included the installation of energy efficient equipment such as temperature controllers that constantly monitor the conditions inside the facility to only regulate the temperature as necessary. Additionally, rapid roll-up doors have been installed to minimize energy loss when the cooler is accessed. LED lighting has also been installed throughout the facility to further reduce energy consumption.


Air Canada Cargo Inaugurates Enhanced Cold Chain Handling Facility at Their Toronto Pearson Hub on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - Courtesy Air Canada

Air Canada Cargo is Canada’s largest air cargo provider, as measured by cargo capacity, and has a presence in over 50 countries, as well as self-handled hubs in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, London and Frankfurt. As Air Canada’s dedicated freight division, Air Canada Cargo offers global connectivity across six continents with domestic and international passenger flights, as well as cargo-only flights with their fleet of dedicated Boeing 767-300ER Freighters, along with trucking services.



Source: Air Canada