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Covid vaccine distribution

Tecnam aircraft deliver help worldwide

In addition to the refrigeration problem, distributing COVID vaccines can be costly and nearly impossible in remote areas – a logistics challenge that could lead to a disproportionate delivery of a life-saving prophylactic. Tecnam Aircraft has developed the solution for equitable COVID vaccine distribution.

Capua, Italy, January 12 – Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam partnered with ultra-freezer manufacturer DESMON to repurpose their P2012 airplane for COVID vaccine transportation.

The aircraft platform named P2012 TRAVELCARE was developed to help distributors worldwide reach even the most remote and hardly accessible communities, including the areas with underdeveloped transport infrastructure, to ensure timely and equitable delivery of help.



Tecnam Aircraft has developed the solution for equitable COVID vaccine distribution.

Equipped with DESMON’s ultra-freezer designed to attain, maintain and track product temperature, Tecnam’s P2012 TRAVELCARE can transport as many as 115,000 vaccines to areas with less than 1,850ft of paved or unpaved runway.

The P2012 TRAVELCARE platform is designed to maintain product temperature at up to:

• -86°C during transport

• -65°C for 10-12h after the system is unplugged for further distribution

In addition to its unparalleled reach and refrigeration capability, the P2012 TRAVELCARE aircraft system can reduce the distribution cost to as little as USD 0.005 per dose – several orders of magnitude less when compared to the current means of transportation.



Tecnam’s Managing Director Giovanni Pascale Langer

Tecnam’s Managing Director Giovanni Pascale Langer said:

“As the first vaccine breakthroughs were announced, we realized that the communities in remote areas would face delays in receiving help. 67% of European airports alone have runways shorter than 5,000ft, making them inaccessible to large aircraft.We decided to act fast.P2012 TRAVELCARE was designed to facilitate equitable and efficient vaccine distribution. It is our contribution to the fight for a COVID-free world.With the dedicated support of our partners at DESMON, we worked tirelessly to repurpose the P2012 aircraft and meet all the necessary regulations for this special mission within less than a month.The value of the P2012 platform will extend beyond this mission. Today, it will facilitate the vaccine transportation, tomorrow it will continue to serve communities thanks to its versatility and easy (re)configuration.”



About TECNAM: “Quality Aircraft since 1948”



TECNAM was established in March 1986 and now operates in three production facilities.

TECNAM's roots go all the way back to the Italian brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale, who began to develop and produce innovative aircraft soon after the end of WWII. Since those early beginnings, the family has continued to createoriginal models, first gaining worldwide recognition under the name Partenavia, which translates as "Naples Aviation".

Costruzioni Aeronautiche TECNAM was established in March 1986 and now operates in three production facilities. The Casoria facility is located adjacent to Naples' Capodichino Airport, while the main factory is next to the “Oreste Salomone” Airport in Capua. Recently a new facility was established in Sebring, Florida, USA and in Australia to serve and support the needs of Tecnam's local owners and operators.

www.tecnam.com
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