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Qatar Airways Cargo Receives Qualified Envirotainer Provider Training and Quality Programme (QEP) Accreditation at Ten New Stations

The accreditation recognises the cargo carrier’s stringent and safe processes in handling Envirotainer containers at several stations across its network

 

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Cargo is pleased to announce that it has received the Qualified Envirotainer Provider Training and Quality Programme (QEP) accreditation for 10 new stations: London Heathrow, Milan, Shanghai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Colombo, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai.

The QEP accreditation recognises air cargo carriers that operate Envirotainer containers in compliance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) throughout their network and which demonstrate capability in properly managing active pharma shipments, meet the company’s training and quality requirements, and pass the Envirotainer audits. 

The 10 most recently accredited Qatar Airways Cargo stations now join Amsterdam, Basel, Paris, Doha and Chicago, bringing the total number of QEP accredited stations to 15 globally.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Guillaume Halleux, said: “We have come a long way since introducing the QR Pharma product in 2014, and we are always seeking new ways to enhance the cool chain for the benefit of our customers and business.

“The Envirotainer’s QEP accreditation at 10 new stations in our network endorses our efficient pharma handling processes and our capability to manage active pharma shipments, which is recognised by both, forwarders and shippers. Our aim is to continue to enroll more stations into the Envirotainer accreditation programme in the coming months.”

Global Head of Partner Management at Envirotainer, Mr. Bourji Mourad, said: “QEP provides a structured, analytical approach for assessing quality that will simplify validation plans for pharmaceutical shipments. The QEP accreditation serves to align practices and procedures across the cold chain and through our involvement with the various industry associations, Envirotainer ensures that QEP is compliant with the most current best practices. Congratulations to our partner, Qatar Airways Cargo, who I am sure will continue this journey with us, with more stations being accredited in the coming months.”

Qatar Airways Cargo has been managing Envirotainer containers to transport pharmaceuticals since 2014. As one of the leading international air cargo carriers, the airline is committed to ensuring the enhancement of service quality and constant innovation of the QR Pharma service. The healthcare cold chain market is growing each year. With considerable investments in quality handling, infrastructure, facilities, people and procedures at each of its pharma stations, the cargo carrier provides high operating standards for the transportation of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products globally. Expertly-trained staff at every pharma station ensure that the cool chain is unbroken from origin to destination.

The airline’s pharma network spans more than 70 stations globally, with the latest addition of Oslo in May 2018. The carrier’s state-of-the-art airside transit facility, the Climate Control Centre, inaugurated last year, enables Qatar Airways Cargo to process an additional 285,000 tonnes annually within a climate-controlled environment. The cargo carrier makes use of refrigerated trucks on the ramp in Doha, ensuring there are no temperature excursions, which is crucial to maintain a seamless cool chain.

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways: 

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

 Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 13 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

 

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