Prime Air expands services after $200K investment
With an investment of $200,000 in infrastructure, technology and equipment, Prime Air Corp., a Puerto Rican company dedicated to air cargo delivery, announced Thursday the launch of new services to handle deliveries for the manufacturing and medical devices industries.
The company, an agent on the island for U.S.-based Steven Global Logistics, is celebrating its 15 anniversary in the market providing innovative and relevant logistics solutions 24/7, offering services such as transport, warehousing, and delivery of machinery, equipment or products to and from anywhere in the world, said Iris Vincent, president and co-founder, along with her husband Tom Vincent, of Prime Air.
“At Prime Air we continue strengthening our logistics services to provide personalized, flexible and innovative solutions 24/7 for the urgent movement of large machinery or heavy equipment from and to anywhere in the world,” said Iris Vincent, highlighting the experience that the company has gained in working with emergency service orders, including weekends, for the air, maritime, or land movement of cargo.
“Thus, our clients can receive it in time and comply with their manufacturing schedules, product launchings and business expansions,” she said.
One of the areas of significant growth for Prime Air has been in the cargo charter flights. The company recently received — for the first time on the island — the Russian-made Antonov’s AN-74TK-100 cargo plane in an emergency flight from Denmark, transporting as part of a special project.
Last year, Prime Air also successfully operated in four separate occasions the Antonov AN-124-100 aircraft, the second largest cargo aircraft in the world with capacity to transport up to 500,000 pounds, with the mission of keeping a production line running. These are just two of various cargo aircraft Prime Air has worked with and operated.
“The strategic collaboration that we have achieved with our clients for the movement of highly sensitive cargo has been fundamental for maintaining the continuity of the projects and operations of the businesses and enterprises we serve,” she said.
With a workforce of 22 direct and 17 indirect employees, Prime Air’s team has specialized in offering solutions addressing the constant and changing local and global challenges that arise in supply chains.
This approach and focus has resulted in a 20 percent annual growth throughout the past five years, said Vincent.
Located at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, and with offices at the World Cargo Center in Carolina, Prime Air has a 60,000 square foot warehouse with the necessary infrastructure to handle all types of warehousing.
Besides its specialty in handling emergency logistics services for the manufacturing industry, Prime Air has a roster of offerings which include handling critical deliveries, air and maritime freight services to and from anywhere in the world, and transportation of sensitive, refrigerated cargo and of hazardous materials, as well as chartered aircraft services.
Vincent explained that for the next three years the company plans to double its labor force.
“Nothing stops us in our dedication, efforts and goal of looking with optimism at the development of our island, of supporting the growth and strengthening of the manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies in Puerto Rico,” said Vincent. “This is along with the federal agencies we serve with the delivery of products and machinery within the expected time frame in an expedient and consistent manner.”