Qatar Airways Cargo ends Chilean cherry charter season
Through integrated planning and excellent coordination between all stakeholders involved, Qatar Airways Cargo has successfully operated fourteen Boeing 777F charter flights from Santiago, Chile all the way to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong via the cargo carrier’s state-of-the-art Doha hub, at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
This is the second year Qatar Airways Cargo has collaborated with its major customers to transport Chilean cherries on dedicated charter flights.
A dedicated Climate Control team proactively monitors every shipment from beginning to end to ensure a seamless transfer.
There are dedicated cold rooms at the airline’s state-of-the-art fully-automated warehouse in Doha, each with various temperature zones for the storage of perishables transiting the hub.
Industry-leading, world-class ramp handling, utilising reefer vehicles direct to the aircraft, ensure perfect temperature control at the hub in Doha.
Earlier this year, the world-class carrier inaugurated its dedicated Climate Control Centre situated airside at HIA, equipped with segregated temperature-controlled sections for storing perishables transiting the hub.
It has two zones operating for 2° to 8°C or 15° to 25°C, with a capacity to hold a total of 156 unit loading devices (ULDs) at a time, in addition to the 64 temperature controlled cells at the cargo terminal’s cold room.
The world’s third largest cargo carrier recently took delivery of its second B747-8 freighter, taking the total count of freighters in operation to 23.
The cargo carrier also offers distinctive products, namely QR Pharma, QR Live, QR Charter and QR Express offering efficiency and compliance in the handling of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo, transportation of live animals as well as time-critical shipments.
The carrier won three accolades this year, namely Global Cargo Airline of the Year at Air Cargo Africa; Payload Asia’s Overall Carrier of the Year; and the Best Cargo Airline in Customer Services, at the India Cargo Awards. ■