Qatar Airways Cargo gained CEIV Live Animals certification, the fourth airline worldwide and the first in the Middle East to gain the IATA quality mark.
The certification covers the Doha headquarters and Cargo Doha hub, and covers all animals including amphibians, birds, crustaceans, fish, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles.
The carrier operates a 4,200 m², air-conditioned, Live Animal Centre at Hamad International Airport, Doha, which includes dedicated holding areas for animals, horse stalls, pet kennels, access to 24/7 dedicated expert animal health care services, and a large 300 m² paddock. Trained staff and pilots ensure that the animals experience as stress-free a journey as possible, by arranging the shortest transit times from origin airport to the final destination, and adapting the relevant temperature and cabin pressure whilst on board.
Around 9% of all live animals transported globally by air, travel on board a Qatar Airways flight says the carrier.
Qatar Airways Cargo gained IATA CEIV Pharma certification in January 2021 and now aims to obtain CEIV Fresh certification in 2022.