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Express pharma service links Doha and India

DOHA: Qatar Airways Cargo has launched two new Pharma Express routes from India to Doha following the launch of its Brussels-Basel-Doha Pharma Express route in January 2015.

The Indian pharmaceuticals market is the world's third largest in terms of volume and 13th largest in terms of value, according to a report by Equitymaster.

The first new Pharma Express route will commence on November 10 and will operate from Mumbai via Ahmedabad to Doha. The second route will begin on November 11 and operate from Hyderabad to Doha.

"We are delighted to launch two new pharma express routes from India," said Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer Cargo. "To date, we are the only airline offering this dedicated service to the pharmaceutical industry. The Pharma Express flights will cater to the growing pharmaceutical industry in the region. Air cargo standards for handling time and temperature-sensitive commodities such as pharmaceuticals are becoming more stringent, with stricter guidelines on temperature control."

With 27 freighter frequencies per week to India serving seven destinations, as well as bellyhold cargo capacity to over 10 destinations in India, Qatar Airways Cargo's presence in the country is expanding to meet this growing demand.

QR Pharma, which offers active and passive solutions for pharmaceutical and healthcare products, will also be provided on both these new routes.

Qatar Airways Cargo said it is the only carrier in the Middle East to offer refrigerated or 'reefer' truck services for ramp transfers at its home hub.

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