Qatar Aviation Services Cargo adds another IATA certification

Source: Qatar Cargo

Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) Cargo has received IATA’s Smart Facility Operational Capacity (SFOC) certification for its cargo facility at Hamad International Airport in Doha.

QAS Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo’s ground handling agent, is the first cargo ground handing agent in the Middle East and Africa region to attain the SFOC certification.

The audit that was conducted in April included assessing the cargo handling infrastructure, equipment and implementation of procedures at the Cargo Terminal Complex.

The IATA audit team validated the operational procedures of QAS Cargo in compliance with a number of IATA Regulations – IATA Cargo Handling Manual, Dangerous Goods Regulations, Unit Load Device Regulations, Temperature Control Regulations, Live Animals Regulations and Perishable Cargo Regulations.

Guillaume Halleux, chief officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo, said: “Our growth to becoming the world’s leading air cargo carrier today has been no easy achievement. Our teams have one goal in mind – customer experience.

“It is this goal combined with our Next Generation and VISION 2027 strategy through which we have implemented quality procedures in every area of our business. The certification of our hub in Doha reflects the high standards in place to ensure all types of cargo are handled seamlessly and securely, in compliance to all the IATA regulations.”

Deepak Balakrishnan, vice president QAS Cargo, said: “We are proud of our state-of-the-art handling facility, the services implemented, our robust and defined procedures as well as our teams who dedicatedly ensure that cargo is handled extremely well, no matter the type of cargo.

“IATA’s Smart Facility Operational Capacity Certification is testament to the hard work and dedication by both Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo teams.”

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s global head of cargo, added: “Customers of organisations attaining Smart Facility Operational Capacity Certification (SFOC) recognise it as a key differentiator, highlighting the additional efforts taken to improve cargo operations, safety, service quality and enhance the customer experience.

We congratulate Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) on achieving SFOC certification. Cargo operations is the pivot of the air cargo supply chain, and with SFOC, QAS drive a safe, efficient and customer-focused operations.”

Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo gained IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Fresh) certification for perishables in June.

In the same month, QAS became the first ground handler in the world to receive IATA’s environmental management system certification – the IATA Environmental Assessment programme (IEnvA).

Qatar Cargo scoops IATA perishables standard to complete the set

Qatar Aviation Services becomes first ground handler to gain IATA environmental certification

Qatar Cargo continues lithium battery safety focus with CEIV standard

Qatar partners with Siemens on digitalisation

Qatar Aviation Services joins IATA environmental programme for ground handlers

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest airlines news

SF Airlines launches Ezhou-Budapest air cargo route

SF Airlines has launched an air cargo route linking Ezhou Huahu Airport in central China’s Hubei Province with Budapest International…

Read More

Share this story

Korean picks Air Incheon as preferred Asiana cargo bidder

Air Incheon has been named as the preferred bidder for the sale of Asiana Airlines’ cargo business as part of…

Read More

Share this story

Lufthansa Cargo launches freighter flights from Munich

Lufthansa Cargo will expand its regional freighter network in July with the addition of flights from Munich Airport for the…

Read More

Share this story

Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]