Qatar Airways’ cargo division is to begin
scheduled dedicated freighter services to three North American
destinations – Atlanta, Houston and Toronto.
The new North American services will be operated
with Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 freighters and will fly from the
airline’s hub in Doha via Luxembourg.
Atlanta and Houston will be served with
twice-weekly flights from 2 November 2011, while the Toronto services
will begin five days later on 7 November 2011. In North America, Qatar
Airways currently operates dedicated freighters only to Chicago.
The carrier also flies daily non-stop passenger services to
Houston, New York and Washington, together with thrice-weekly
flights to Montreal, offering sufficient cargo space in the belly
of the aircraft.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways’ passenger
services to Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be
supplemented with a weekly cargo flight, effective 30 October
In addition, extra cargo flights will operate to Chicago,
Colombo, Bahrain, Dammam, Hong Kong and Tehran from 30 October
Over the past few months, Qatar Airways Cargo has
significantly ramped up its expansion with increased frequencies
and the order for a further three Boeing 777 freighters. Recent
frequency increases have been implemented to Kuwait, Bengaluru,
Kozhikode and Hanoi.
“With the recent completion
of our 35% stake in Cargolux, Europe’s largest cargo
airline, we have increased our focus on freighter operations,
which ties seamlessly into the airline’s strategy to have as many
connecting points across the globe from our Doha hub,” said Qatar
Airways Group Chief Executive Officer,
Akbar Al Baker. “We have identified tremendous route expansion
opportunities around the world, including North America where the
freighter market is huge.”
Qatar Airways Cargo currently
has a fleet of three Airbus A300-600s and two Boeing 777
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