Qatar Airways Cargo announces enhancements to its QR Pharma service

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May 7, 2015:- Qatar Airways Cargo announced a series of enhancements to its QR Pharma service following the overwhelming success of the product in the 12 months since its launch. Qatar Airways Cargo will be further supporting pharmaceutical customers with the addition of Va-Q-tec container technology; a new QR Pharma advanced passive transportation method that complements Qatar Airways Cargo’s existing Envirotainer and CSafe active containers to offer customers a flexible airfreight solution. Perth, Australia has also been announced as Qatar Airways Cargo’s 54th global QR Pharma station further extending the airline’s cool chain network. The carrier’s worldwide transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo is further enhanced by Qatar Airways state-of-the-art cargo facility at Hamad International Airport, Doha. The cargo terminal has the capacity to handle 1.4 million tonnes of cargo annually. It is one of the largest in the world, and offers an advanced air cargo handling system capable of accommodating 1,005 Unit Load Devices and 5,000 consignment cages. Qatar Airways Cargo has flown 14.1 million kilos of Pharma products following the launch of QR Pharma in January 2014. The airline, which became the world’s fifth largest cargo carrier in January 2015, in FTKs, has rapidly expanded its presence in the pharmaceutical airfreight sector establishing 4.1% of the European east bound market within its first year of operating in the niche sector. Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo said, “We are proud to be the world’s fifth largest cargo carrier and to offer our customers the reliability, quality and unrivalled service that are possible as a result of our global presence. “The pharmaceutical industry is witnessing rapid growth each year, and with rising demand there is the need to ensure that pharmaceuticals and healthcare products are transported with the utmost care while avoiding any temperature fluctuations. “Qatar Airways Cargo offers 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. We have recently secured contracts with two multinational pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Alcon. “We are growing our pharmaceutical business and the achievements we have made within the first 12 months of the QR Pharma product launch have exceeded our expectations. Our success has been achieved by offering customers a unique product that utilises innovative technology and is supported by a dedicated team of experts who deliver a service to the highest standards.”  
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