Qatar Airways Cargo first airline globally to complete suite of IATA CEIV Certifications

Published: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Doha, Qatar—Qatar Airways Cargo and its ground handling partner, Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) Cargo, were awarded the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification.
This remarkable milestone not only sets a new benchmark for excellence in the industry but also establishes Qatar Airways Cargo, along with its ground handler in Doha, as the first and only airline worldwide with its GHA to have attained the complete suite of IATA CEIV certifications – CEIV Fresh, CEIV Lithium Batteries, CEIV Live Animals, CEIV Pharma, IEnvA registered and United for Wildlife programme.
With this latest certification, the cargo carrier reinforces its position as a reliable partner for customers seeking safe and efficient transportation solutions for perishable cargo. The IATA CEIV Fresh standard encompasses the entire supply chain, including both operational and technical aspects, ensuring that perishable goods maintain their freshness, quality, and integrity throughout the transportation process.
“Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo’s achievement of the IATA CEIV Fresh certification reflects our pursuit for excellence and our unwavering commitment to our customers, keeping them always at the heart of everything we do. Being the first and only airline worldwide along with our GHA to achieve the complete suite of IATA CEIV certifications is a testament to our dedication and hard work to delivering the highest standards of quality and reliability in air cargo transportation,” said Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways.
Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, commended the airline for its accomplishment, saying, “We congratulate Qatar Airways Cargo, along with its ground handling partner Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) on successfully obtaining the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification, further showcasing their commitment to maintaining high global standards. This certification is a boost to their service offerings, demonstrating efficient and high-quality handling of perishable goods. Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo are the first companies globally to complete the full suite of IATA CEIV certifications, reinforcing their position at the forefront of air logistics.
By obtaining IATA’s CEIV Fresh accreditation, the airline and its ground handler, QAS Cargo, have proven their ability to meet the stringent requirements for the transportation of all kinds of fresh produce and perishables such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat and flowers.

More destinations this summer
This summer, Qatar Airways Cargo reintroduced flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, France’s Nice, Sarajevo and Manama in Bahrain while continuing to expand its Middle East operations.

The reintroduced passenger flights bring the total weekly tonnage available to and from Japan to 600 tons each way. General cargo makes up for the vast majority of exports from Tokyo, followed by vulnerable cargo and dangerous goods. As for imports, they consist of general cargo, fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables.
Since the end of May, the carrier also began its four weekly passenger Airbus A320 flights from Doha to Sarajevo with six tons capacity per flight. Commodities mainly consist of general cargo and also include vulnerable cargo and pharmaceuticals.
The carrier relaunched passenger flights to Nice earlier on 9 May with exports comprising of general cargo, dangerous goods, pharmaceuticals while on the imports front, general cargo, dangerous goods, vulnerable cargo and other types of cargo are flown in to Nice. With freighters to Lyon and Paris and belly-hold flights to Nice and Paris, the cargo carrier’s weekly cargo capacity to and from France increases to 1,100 tons each way.
Daily flights to Bahrain started on 25 May, providing cargo customers with 11 tons of cargo space on the A320 passenger flights each week, each way.
In addition, Qatar Airways Cargo has also expanded its network in the Middle East in May. The airline introduced two Boeing 777 freighters to Dammam, bringing the weekly tonnage to 350 tons each way. In Riyadh, its total frequencies are now five Boeing 777 freighters each week on top of the quadruple daily passenger flights, providing over 850 tons of cargo capacity each way to and from Saudi Arabia’s capital.