Garuda, pharmaceutical firm sign deal on transportation of radioactive goods
The Jakarta Post
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and state-owned company PT Industri Nuklir Indonesia (INUKI) have signed an agreement on the transportation of dangerous goods, such as radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals produced by INUKI.
Garuda Indonesia vice president corporate secretary Ikhsan Rosan said the agreement also involved Garuda subsidiaries PT Aero Jasa Cargo and PT GMF Aeroasia.
“Under the agreement, we will transport radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals, which are health products developed by INUKI, to both domestic and international destinations served by our planes,” Ikhsan said in the statement received on Thursday.
The agreement was signed by Garuda Indonesia cargo and development director Muhammad Iqbal, INUKI administration and finance director Lenggoneni and PT Aero Jasa Cargo director Rene Van Joost on the sidelines of the Indo Defense 2018 exhibition in Jakarta.
Apart from teaming up on air cargo, Garuda Indonesia and INUKI would also jointly develop logistics and supply chain solutions, while with GMF Aeroasia, INUKI would also cooperate in the aircraft engineering business.
“Garuda Indonesia supports the fast-growing nuclear industry developed by INUKI. We show our support through our readiness to transport dangerous goods,” said Iqbal in the statement, adding that, under the agreement, INUKI could export its products to more countries.
Garuda Indonesia is the only airline in the country that holds a permit to transport dangerous goods from the Transportation Ministry and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), according to Iqbal.
Meanwhile, Lenggoneni said the transportation of dangerous goods should be handled by an experienced airline like Garuda Indonesia, because the goods needed special handling. (bbn)
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