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Cargo Breaking News, Friday 23 December 2022


Saudia Cargo expands partnership with cargo.one following thousands of new digital sales

Saudia Cargo and cargo.one recently announced an expansion of their partnership to bring more of the airline’s capacity on board the leading marketplace for digital air cargo bookings. The growth builds upon a more than 1.5 year collaboration in which cargo.one delivered Saudia Cargo’s first external digital sales channel and greatly enhanced both its market reach and quality of service to freight forwarders. cargo.one and Saudia teams will double down on initiatives to derive maximum value from the airline’s digital distribution.


Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Cargo offers impressive global reach and is working hard to support the kingdom to become a global hub for connections between Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. The airline is contributing to Saudi Arabia’s expansion of the air cargo sector to offer more than 4.5 million tonnes per year by the end of the decade.


Saudia Cargo is continuing to expand digital access to its air cargo capacity. Since Summer 2021, cargo.one has delivered customer-centric strategic digital sales, and helped Saudia Cargo to expand its global footprint and strengthen its position in the market. To date, freight forwarders using cargo.one have booked thousands of shipments across Saudia’s global network on its dedicated freighter and passenger fleets. Over 50% of bookings were to destinations outside Saudi Arabia, supporting the airline to grow in new markets and customer segments.


Saudia Cargo is intensifying efforts at an opportune time in the trajectory of digitalization in the air cargo industry. cargo.one’s recent Digital Sales Trajectory Report revealed that across airlines surveyed, on average the share of bookings via digital channels is expected to rise from 20% in 2021 to almost 60% by 2025.


Qatar Airways cargo sets milestone for vaccine delivery

Qatar Airways Cargo has shipped over 30 million COVID-19 immunizations to Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The Middle Eastern carrier hopes to send additional cargoes after the Indian government eased the export restriction on COVID-19 vaccination late last year.


India was one of the first markets to receive Qatar Airways Cargo’s pharmaceuticals service in January 2014. In terms of volume, the Indian pharmaceutical market is the third-largest in the world, and the country supplies almost 60% of global vaccine demand.


Since then, the airline has expanded to become one of India’s premier freight airlines. With an approximate 18% market share in India, a Qatar Airways Cargo aircraft departs the nation with roughly every fifth pharmaceutical consignment.


“The Indian pharmaceutical business is incredibly important to Qatar Airways Cargo,” said Ehab Matta, Qatar Airways Cargo’s senior manager of regional cargo for the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Pakistan.


We work directly with India’s leading vaccine makers thanks to our global ties with international and key local freight forwarders. After being cleared for carriage on Qatar Airways aircraft, Hyderabad (HYD) was the first station in Qatar Airways Cargo’s network to deploy Envirotainer’s new Releye RLP containers.


Hyderabad holds the national record for the most active pharmaceutical containers transferred on a single plane, with 11 ULDs. With around 2,500 of the country’s 3,000 pharmaceutical enterprises and 10,500 manufacturing units, Hyderabad is India’s principal pharmaceutical export hub. Cities such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai play important roles due to the existence of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in India.


“India manufactures and exports both routine immunizations and COVID-19 vaccines,” Matta said, adding that “ten COVID-19 vaccines have been licensed for use in India, while vaccines manufactured in India have been approved in over 138 countries worldwide.”

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