Ribbon cutting opens COOL

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To an audience of guests from more than 15 countries, Finnair Cargo hosted a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on December 14th marking the official opening of the COOL Nordic cargo hub. 

The event celebrated the culmination of four years of project planning and execution of the 31,000-square-meter COOL Nordic cargo terminal, warehouse automation system, COOL Control Center and SkyChain digital cargo management system developed by Accelya.

The ribbon cutting ceremony follows the October commencement of operations in the COOL terminal’s temperature-controlled area for perishable shipments. The remaining pharmaceuticals section and larger 25,000-square-meter general cargo area are scheduled to start operations in early January 2018.

Importance for national development

Among the attendants was Finland’s Minister of Transportation and Communications, Anne Berner. Noting the growing importance of Helsinki’s strategic location as a key gateway for passengers and cargo between Europe and Asia, Minister Berner emphasized the role that the COOL will play.

“The shortest and smoothest way from Europe to Asia goes through Helsinki. At the moment, Helsinki Airport is one of the biggest passenger transport gateways between Europe and Asia and the biggest in northern Europe,” noted Berner.

Helsinki Airport is undergoing a huge investment program which will enable the airport to cater to 20 million passengers annually in the year 2020. Berner added, “We are also seeing Finnair investing for the future with a new wide-body fleet and the most modern cargo terminal in Europe. This strategy is reinforcing efficiency and competitiveness, and creating new business opportunities and better transport services for both passengers and cargo.”

International team effort

Addressing the enormity of the project as well as its international character, Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo commented, “Altogether more than 1,200 professionals from over 300 Finnish companies worked to complete the terminal. Once the building was up, our partners from various countries worked hard to integrate and test all the systems that are such an essential part of this hub.” 

In a press briefing before and in comments during the ribbon cutting ceremony, Finnair Cargo Managing Director Janne Tarvainen underlined that the opening of the terminal was a good starting point that sets the stage for future growth. COOL also serves as a platform for services that the underlying, unified digital infrastructure is able to provide.

“The January ‘go-live’ of the entire terminal is an exciting prospect, but I am even more excited about the things that will happen afterward,” explained Tarvainen. “Our state-of-the-art digital platforms – SkyChain cargo management system, Lödige warehouse automation system, Cargo Eye operations management system and COOL Control Center – give us the tools to create more value for our customers with speed, quality and new products as we move forward from here.”

Text and photo by Michael Larkin

For a preview of the new COOL Nordic cargo hub in action, take a look at these two videos:
The New COOL Cargo Hub
Finnair Cargo - Keeping things cool and on time for you

 

 

Published December 19, 2017

Category: Finnair Cargo

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