Qatar Airways Cargo Increases Pharma Express Flights from Basel
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that they will commence their fourth Pharma Express freighter service operating from Basel starting May 8th. The additional freighter brings the total Pharma Express flights to 10 per week, providing dedicated uplift for pharmaceuticals and healthcare products.
Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Chief Officer Cargo said, “There is a growing demand worldwide for the safe and reliable transportation of pharmaceuticals. By increasing capacity from Basel, the hub of the Swiss pharmaceutical industry, we are able to provide increased uplift to our customers as well as a seamless cool-chain for pharmaceutical exports out of Basel through our GDP-compliant hub in Doha. Our global customers benefit from additional capacity to import medicines and healthcare products from this major pharmaceutical hub to markets where they are required swiftly, via Qatar Airways scheduled or charter services.”
Qatar Airways Cargo originally pioneered the Pharma Express flights in 2015, which currently operate from pharmaceutical hubs such as Brussels, Basel, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad to bridge the world’s major pharmaceutical trade lanes. Their QR Pharma solution is a specialized air freight solution for time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and healthcare products, and is the airline’s fastest growing product within their cargo business. The product offers active and passive transportation for customers. Both solutions have a high loading and handling priority, including late cut-off times and prioritized destination delivery for QR Pharma shipments. As required by product specifications, pharmaceutical shipments are stored, transported and handled under strictly monitored conditions in a climate-controlled environment, during every stage of transportation, including ramp transportation, warehouse storage and aircraft-to-aircraft transfers. The use of refrigerated trucks at the hub in Doha ensures the cool-chain is continuous and seamless.