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Qatar Airways Cargo Implements Automated Weight and Balance System

Qatar Airways Cargo recently launched a state-of-the-art Freight Load Control Center at its hub in Doha. The new system will be an integral part of effective pallet loading procedures for all of the airline’s freighters.

Qatar Airways Cargo Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, said: “Automation and technology is seen as a highly strategic enabler for any business. Qatar Airways Cargo is proud to be the first Middle Eastern carrier to launch our Freighter Load Control Center at our hub in Doha and to introduce the automated weight and balance system for freighter aircraft. In addition to the numerous benefits this brings to customers and the business, the reduction in fuel consumption will also further reduce carbon emissions as part of our commitment to environmental management.”

The implementation of the Freighter Load Control Center contributes to a better utilization of cargo volume and weight capacity on the aircraft. The cargo carrier is able to provide specialized support on oversized and special product shipments, thus providing more cargo space, greater efficiency and quality.

Automating the weight and balance system will simplify the conventional manual process by reducing the time required to set-up the load-sheet prior to flight departure. The system reduces time for load planning and weight check processes, allowing the cargo carrier to manage operational and flight turnarounds as well as maintaining its excellent existing levels of on-time performance. Supported by accurate data from the system, the cargo carrier is now able to optimize payload and minimize the lateral imbalance of each aircraft, resulting in a significant reduction of fuel consumption.