Courier: The Next Generation in Expedited Transportation

posted on 27th February 2023 by Eddie Saunders
Courier: The Next Generation in Expedited Transportation

Within its Next Generation approach, Qatar Airways Cargo has enhanced its Courier service to maximise efficiency, sustainability, speed, safety, and ease of operation, pre-empting and addressing these changing air cargo market needs.

“Our industry is in an unprecedented state of flux,” says Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways.

“Traditional business boundaries are being disrupted, as market requirements dictate the need for a differentiated approach to logistics processes. New technologies are being developed that enable efficient change and open up greater opportunities.

“The transport of small cargo shipments is a perfect example. Previously considered to be typical integrator business, these urgent medical transports, fashion samples, small prototypes, or the huge increase in e-commerce parcels, form a rapidly growing segment in Qatar Airways Cargo’s daily business operations.”

Qatar Airways Cargo transported 40,000 tonnes of Courier shipments in 2022, with a prime focus on e-commerce.

This figure is likely to increase again in 2023, with London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Doha being prominent Courier destinations for the airline.

“In the normal world of large air cargo pallets and containers, small, urgent shipments require particular attention and care,” Miguel Rodríguez, Senior Manager Climate Control Products at Qatar Airways Cargo, explains.

Following a detailed Next Generation analysis of the Qatar Airways Cargo’s small shipment journey, we are now relaunching our Courier product as a faster, more streamlined and future-fit service.”

His Doha-based Product Management team is responsible for defining  the Courier product strategy, managing the product offering and maintaining customer relationships.

An example of the Courier modification  based on customer feedback and the Next Generation approach, is the recent global phase-out of the Courier Baggage Voucher (CBV) mode of booking in favour of the more common  air waybill format.

This enables a far more streamlined process and greater adherence to regulatory requirements and  cargo messaging standards, thus reducing any negative risks. Another development  is the global review of acceptance cut-off times to offer the best possible drop-off deadlines to customers, based on local regulations, airport infrastructures and operational factors.

“Our dedicated Qatar Airways Cargo Courier team ensures that each parcel is swiftly screened, handled, loaded and transferred so as to make its flight connections in the shortest possible time. Depending on the origin, destination and flight options chosen by the customer, Courier shipments can be delivered in as little as a few hours to up to 2 days.” Miguel Rodríguez concludes. Qatar Airways Cargo also provides a long list of approved data loggers that customers may use to track their shipments themselves if they prefer to. “We are convinced that our Courier product is one of  the fastest, most reliable and far-reaching express solution on the market,” he says “and we aim to always maintain that Next Generation position.”

Customers can track their Courier shipments online at any time by visiting