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PHARMA SUPPLY CHAIN
“Our infrastructure, fleet,
network and solutions make
the perfect combination”
onsidering the rising
awareness and everevolving circumstances,
how is Qatar Airways Cargo
equipping itself for the
‘mission of the century’?
There are a lot of lessons
learnt in the past few months.
We are applying those lessons,
gathering market data, and
customer requirements/feedback to work on our vaccine
distribution plan. We are also
in close contact with our cus-
tomers and suppliers (active/
passive container suppliers,
ground handling agents, and
trucking partners) whose contribution is important in preparing the readiness plan. In
addition to our scheduled
flights, we are also able to provide bespoke charter arrangements at short notice to destinations not part of our scheduled services. At the hub, we
are investing in expansion of
our reefer trucks and hybrid
containers. We recently signed
a contract with SkyCell for hybrid containers.
The safe transport of the
global COVID-19 vaccines is
going to be the largest and
complex challenge ever. Nonetheless, with all these investments and preparations, we
are enhancing our product
offering and gearing up to
support the logistics requirements around the global vaccination plan.
Qatar Airways Cargo has invested considerably in quality
handling, infrastructure, facilities, people and procedures
at each of its pharma stations, which span over 77
destinations, with the recent addition of Osaka, Japan;
Campinas, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Bogotá, Colombia.
The cargo carrier ensures the fastest transfer at
Doha through its unique Quick Ramp Transfer (QRT).
Besides, it is the only carrier in the Middle East to
offer refrigerated or ‘reefer’ truck services for ramp
transfers at the home hub. Most recently, Qatar
Airways Cargo signed an agreement with SkyCell for
temperature-controlled hybrid containers. These
will allow the world’s largest cargo carrier to
expand its variety of transportation solutions and
offer additional pharmaceuticals and healthcare
cargo services. Guillaume Halleux, Chief
Officer- Cargo at Qatar Airways, in an
interview with Ritika Arora Bhola, reveals more about
their strategy in preparation to support logistics
processes globally when a COVID-19 vaccine will
be rolled out.
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