The new service, called Pakistan Qatar Express service (PQX), will have a transit time of four days, making it the fastest direct connection between the two countries. The service will be operated by two 1,700 TEU vessels.
The PQX will also set up a second weekly service to and from Mundra, India, which will add to Milaha's existing Mundra call as part of the India Qatar Express service (IQX), reported The Medi Telegraph of Genoa, Italy.
The port rotation of the PQX is: Mesaieed, Mundra, Karachi, Hamad, Mesaieed rotation. The first vessel will depart from Karachi port on September 7 and arrive at Hamad port on September 11.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Milaha's CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: "We have been vigorously ramping up our operations between Qatar and key Asian markets in response to growing demand from traders, importers, and exporters on both sides.
"Our new PQX service will cater mainly to perishable products and other food stuff, and will increase options for customers in Pakistan and India to access Qatar and other Arabian Gulf markets. This is part of Milaha's ongoing commitment to support the growing trade between Qatar and its partners by delivering tailor-made, cost-efficient supply chain solutions."
Milaha currently calls at two ports in Oman (Sohar and Salalah), three ports in India (Nhava Sheva, Mundra, and Kandla), and one port in Kuwait (Shuwaikh), offering enhanced connectivity and transit times to Qatar and the region. The carrier is actively evaluating further expansion of services.