Qatar Airways Cargo announces major expansion
Qatar Airways Cargo plans to expand into three key new markets and is launching a new portfolio of air freight solutions, the first of which will be QR Live, for the transportation of animals.
The announcement was made by Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann at a press conference on the opening day of Air Cargo China 2016 in Shanghai.
Ogiermann said the world’s third largest cargo carrier by international flights will enter the Transpacific, Australian and South American air freight markets in the next nine months.
This major enhancement of the carrier’s network is made possible by the constant growth of its fleet, which now includes nine Boeing 777F, eight Airbus 3330F and two Boeing 747F aircraft, as well as the opening of its new European hub in Luxembourg.
The cargo carrier projects that its pure cargo fleet will grow to 22 aircraft by 2017 and from 1 July, the carrier will double its flights into and out of Luxembourg providing better connectivity for its customers.
Ogiermann also announced that Qatar Airways Cargo will add Halifax (Canada) and New York (JFK) to its freighter network in July 2016.
The second major announcement was the launch of QR Live.
“The new solution QR Live provides stress-free and comfortable transportation of horses, pets, exotic animals and livestock from origin to the final destination,” said Ogiermann. “In cases where transit in Doha is required, our state-of-the-art cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport has a fully-equipped live animal facility and a team of experienced ground and animal handling staff to provide round-the-clock care for live animals.”
“We ensure the animals receive special care and treatment all the way, on the ground as well as in the air. As a committed member of IATA, we comply with the Live Animal Regulations, which set out strict guidelines regarding the welfare of animals during transportation,” he added.
The spacious 4,200 square metre air-conditioned live animal facility at Qatar Airways Cargo’s hub in Doha is designed with special features including: large holding areas for horses, eight stalls for horses (300cm x 300cm each), a 24/7 dedicated expert animal health care service, 300-square metre paddock, rubber pavers for soft walk area, hydraulic loading and unloading docks as well as hydraulic workstations.
QR Live will be a separate division from the airline’s dedicated equine product, offering professional care, red-carpet treatment and world-class service for the transportation of thoroughbreds.