The cargo carrier has signed an agreement with DoKaSch for the lease of temperature-controlled active containers for pharmaceutical transportation
DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways Cargo has signed an agreement with DoKaSch Temperature Solutions to offer its Opticooler® range of temperature-controlled containers, providing Qatar Airways Cargo customers the choice of a range of active containers to transport their pharmaceuticals across the cargo carrier’s extensive global network.
Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, said: “We understand the intricacies of a seamless cool chain and always aim to provide value to our customers. Through this agreement with DoKaSch, we have now expanded our active container offering for customers, presenting our business partners with more options to transport their pharmaceuticals globally.”
Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, said: “We are very pleased to make our Opticooler® containers available through one of the world’s largest international cargo carriers. We are convinced that with Qatar Airways Cargo’s extensive and rapidly-growing network, and our joint commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, this partnership will provide a great solution for the global Pharma cool chain.”
The Active Cool Containers RAP and RKN Opticooler® are equipped with electric, battery-powered cooling compressors and heaters and require no dry ice. This high-end packaging solution safeguards the efficacy of vital pharmaceuticals throughout the transportation chain. Valued for their exceptional reliability and performance in any climate, these active containers keep the cargo within a temperature range of 2 to 8 degrees celsius or 15 to 25 degrees celsius. The system features a straightforward touchscreen interface, making the temperature setting extremely dependable.
Qatar Airways Cargo recently announced the launch of its brand new Climate Control Centre, a 2,470 square metre airside transit facility for temperature-sensitive cargo. The facility features two temperature-controlled zones operating at both 2 to 8 and 15 to 25 degrees celsius with a capacity to hold a total of 156 ULDs (unit load devices) at a time. Segregated sections within the facility enable storage of pharmaceutical products in compliance with ‘Good Distribution Practice’ (GDP) guidelines. To ensure complete temperature integrity, the facility is equipped with six truck docks, each with inflated curtains and an anteroom as a staging area.
QR Pharma is Qatar Airways Cargo’s specialist product developed for pharmaceuticals and healthcare cargo. It offers both active solutions to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the transportation chain, as well as passive solutions that handle products within a desired temperature band during all stages of the journey. As an industry leader, the cargo carrier ensures the fastest transfer at Doha through its unique Quick Ramp Transfer (QRT). It is the only cargo carrier in the Middle East to offer refrigerated or ‘reefer’ truck services for ramp transfers at its home hub.
Qatar Airways Cargo has invested considerably in quality handling, infrastructure, facilities, people and procedures at each of its Pharma stations, underpinning the need for high operating standards for transporting pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. Expertly-trained staff at every Pharma destination ensure the cool chain is unbroken. Plans are underway to add IoT devices on board the aircraft that will provide real-time temperature updates, enhancing and completing the end-to-end track and trace service.
The significant investments in the cool chain and expansion of its Pharma network is part of the cargo carrier’s strategy and commitment to improve and enhance its product offering for the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry globally. The cargo carrier’s QR Pharma volumes have grown by 42 per cent in 2016-17 over 2015-16.
Qatar Airways Cargo’s expanding Pharma network spans 73 stations, with the recent addition of Colombo on 15 May and Dublin on 12 June. It pioneered industry-leading Pharma Express flights from the key pharmaceutical hubs of Basel, Brussels, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, supporting the huge pharmaceutical exports from these destinations.
About DoKaSch Temperature Solutions:
DoKaSch Temperature Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of the DoKaSch Group runs a fleet of well-recognized Opticoolers RAP (5 pallets) and RKN (1 pallet), that are rentable for intercontinental air shipment of temperature-sensitive cargo. Founded in 2013, today the company cooperates with approximately 20 major airlines. DoKaSch Temperature Solutions has a global network at its disposal to fly highly temperature-sensitive goods around the world. Based at Frankfurt int’l airport DoKaSch Temperature Solutions handles the positioning, maintaining and servicing of the items.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact:
DoKaSch Temperature Solutions GmbH
Phone: +49 6142 836 938 40
Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH
PR contact for DoKaSch
Phone: +49 30 2061 4130 24
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