Qatar Airways Cargo has been accredited with CEIV Live Animals certification by International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its strict adherence to the highest standards and relevant regulations to ensure that all animals entrusted to the airline for transportation receive the best care both on the ground and in the air.

Qatar Airways Cargo is the fourth airline worldwide to become CEIV Live Animal certified and the first in the middle east. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways explains,

This certification is testament to the dedication and detail that we put into transporting the many different live animals that are placed in our custody. Whether they are horses, household pets, livestock, or exotic animals transported on our scheduled and charter flights or wild animals being flown under our WeQare Rewild the Planet initiative, we go beyond the required regulatory standards, to ensure that the animals are given the utmost care and comfort for the entire duration of the journey,

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, noted that the certification will give a significant boost to the trust of the airline’s customers that their cargo will arrive safely.

Having Qatar Airways, one of the largest transporters of live animals, achieve CEIV Live Animals certification is a significant boost not only for the airline’s customers, who can be confident that their precious cargo will arrive safely but also the region. We congratulate them on their achievement and their pioneering efforts in the safe transportation of live animals including wild animals through their ‘WeQare’ initiative.


The certification applies at Qatar Airways’ Doha headquarters and the QAS Cargo Doha hub and covers all animals (amphibians, birds, crustaceans, fish, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles) that Qatar Airways Cargo is authorised to carry as per each respective relevant procedure. Today, around 9% of all live animals transported globally by air, travel on-board a Qatar Airways flight. The cargo airline runs a 4,200 m², air-conditioned, state-of-the-art 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 make every effort to ensure that the animals experience as stress-free a journey as possible, by arranging the shortest transit times from the origin airport to the final destination, and adapting the relevant temperature and cabin pressure whilst on board.

This time last year, Qatar Airways Cargo was also recognised as IATA CEIV Pharma certified, having demonstrated its compliance with the industry-leading practices in the booking, acceptance, handling, and transportation of pharmaceutical products. The airline now aims to obtain IATA CEIV Fresh certification in 2022.

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