Qatar Airways Cargo launches Pharma Express

New service links Brussels & Basel with airline's network via Doha.
Photo for illustrative purposes only. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Photo for illustrative purposes only. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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Qatar Airways Cargo will commence  a new service offering air freight to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide this month.

The first of its kind in the industry, Pharma Express service will link two key pharmaceutical manufacturing centres -- Brussels and Basel (Switzerland) -- with the extensive Qatar Airways' network via Doha.

The Pharma Express route will be served by the Airbus 330 freighter and will operate from Brussels to Basel with a final stop in Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Twice weekly Airbus 330 freighter services to Basel will start on January 28, marking the airline's first freighter service this year.

Qatar Airways chief officer (cargo) Ulrich Ogiermann said: "We are delighted to launch the Pharma Express and our first destination for 2015, Basel, Switzerland.

"The pharmaceutical industry is witnessing rapid growth each year, and with the rising demand there is the need to ensure that pharmaceuticals and healthcare products are transported with the utmost care while avoiding any temperature fluctuations.

"By investing in sophisticated technology and a team of highly qualified staff, Qatar Airways Cargo can now offer healthcare companies and their logistic partners a state-of-the-art service for shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals all over the world, while maintaining the integrity and quality of their products throughout the supply chain."

In January 2014, Qatar Airways Cargo launched QR Pharma, an air freight service for pharmaceutical and healthcare products.

QR Pharma's active solution provides temperature-controlled containers, designed to maintain a constant temperature throughout the entire transportation chain, and its passive solution keeps the product within a defined temperature band at all stages of the journey.

Qatar Airways Cargo offers the fastest airline transfer at Doha through its Quick Ramp Transfer (QRT) solution and it is the only carrier in the Middle East to offer refrigerated or 'reefer' truck services for ramp transfers at its home hub. Sensitive commodities are collected from and delivered directly to the aircraft by specialised temperature-controlled vehicles to maintain the cool chain process.

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