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Qatar Cargo increases Cargolux competition

Qatar Ulrich OigermannSHANGHAI: June 14, 2016. Former Cargolux shareholder Qatar Airways is to expand its European hub at Luxembourg airport according to former Cargolux CEO and now Qatar Airways chief officer Cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann.

In July the cargo carrier will double its flights in and out of Luxembourg and also add Halifax and New York (JFK) to its freighter network.

Speaking in Shanghai where the airline operates a freighter, Ogiermann (right) said the carrier also plans to become a major player on the Transpacific, to Australia and throughout South America in the next nine months.

Ogiermann also announced a new Qatar Cargo product – QR Live: “The new solution provides stress-free and comfortable transportation of horses, pets, exotic animals and livestock from origin to the final destination. In cases where transit in Doha is required our state-of-the-art cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport has a fully-equipped live animal facility and a team of experienced ground and animal handling staff to provide round-the-clock care for live animals,” he explained.

The airline’s 4,200 sq.mt. animal facility in Doha includes a large holding areas for horses, a 24/7 dedicated expert animal health care service, and a 300-sq.mt. paddock.

Qatar Airways recently signed the IATA-supported United for Wildlife Transport Industry Declaration to increase passenger, customer, client and staff awareness about the nature, scale, and consequences of illegal wildlife trade.

The organization includes 40 major logistics organizations, NGOs, U.N. and government agencies who are collaborating in a fight against the illegal trade in wildlife valued at up to US$20 billion a year - the fourth most lucrative global crime after drugs, humans and arms.

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