By Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced it will launch a new route to Halifax, Nova Scotia adding to its rapidly growing network of cargo routes and bringing its cargo service into Canada.
By Qatar Airways
Service to Halifax is scheduled to commence on July 19, 2016 with a frequency of one flight per week every Wednesday through Luxembourg, its new European hub, operated with a B777-200 freighter that offers 103 tonnes of cargo capacity. In addition to regular cargo goods, this new stop will allow Qatar Airways Cargo to facilitate the transport of lobster, a delicacy from the Maritimes provinces, to Europe, the Middle East, South and North East Asia via Doha.
“We are very happy to add Halifax to our growing list of new freighter routes. From its strategic geographical position, not only will it provide our customers with great access to the Canadian marketplace, it will allow us to share one of Canada’s most sumptuous exports with the world,” said Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo.
With the opening of this additional service, Qatar Airways will increase its presence in Canada, creating jobs in its cargo operations in Halifax. The airline also operates three passenger flights weekly from Montreal to Hamad International Airport, its state-of-the-art hub in Qatar and has offices in Montreal (Quebec) and Toronto (Ontario).
“We welcome Qatar Airways Cargo to Halifax Stanfield,” said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President & CEO. “This new route will support our local seafood industry and have a positive impact on our provincial economy. Last year, goods valued at $438 million were shipped from Halifax Stanfield across the world. As the interest in Nova Scotia lobster exports continues to grow, our prime location on the Atlantic coast is attracting top cargo carriers and the addition of Qatar is another example of the continued growth of our cargo exports.”
Qatar Airways Cargo’s portfolio of distinctive products currently includes QR Pharma, QR Fresh and QR Express offering efficiency and compliance in the handling of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and perishable cargo, as well as time-critical shipments. The cargo carrier also offers QR Charter, utilising its most modern fleet of Boeing 777, Airbus 330 and Boeing 747 freighters.
The cargo carrier recently announced the launch of QR Live, a solution to provide stress-free and comfortable transportation of horses, pets, exotic animals and livestock from origin to the final destination. It is of the utmost priority the cargo carrier ensures that the well-being of live animals is upheld during transportation in compliance with IATA’s Live Animal Regulations. Pets, exotic animals and livestock carried on board Qatar Airways Cargo flights transiting through the live animal facilities in Doha are provided with adequate and appropriate welfare arrangements such as temperature control, ventilation, feeding, container type, species mixing and veterinary care.
The spacious 4,200-square metre air-conditioned live animal facility at Qatar Airways Cargo’s hub in Doha is designed with special features including: large holding areas for horses, eight stalls for horses (300cm x 300cm each), a 24/7 dedicated expert animal health care service, 300-square metre paddock, rubber pavers for soft walk area, hydraulic loading and unloading docks as well as hydraulic workstations. A dedicated email address for live animal shipment enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org has also been introduced.