Qatar Airways Cargo is to launch dedicated
freighter services to Hanoi, Kozhikode and Bengaluru.
Freighter operations to Kozhikode and onto
Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, will be served with an
Airbus A300 freighter on the route boosting Qatar Airways Cargo
freighter capacity in India by an additional 40 metric tonnes a
Cargo flights from Doha to Hanoi begin on 15 April
2011, stopping in Hong Kong on the return sector. The weekly service
is operated with one of the airline’s dedicated Boeing 777
freighters and follows the successful launch of passenger flights
to the Vietnamese capital in November 2010. Qatar Airways also
operates scheduled services to Ho Chi Minh city.
In India, Qatar Airways
currently operates passenger and cargo flights to 12 cities. The
additional freighter service to Kozhikode and Bengaluru will
complement existing cargo operations to Kolkata, the West Bengali
city that will also become a passenger route when Qatar Airways
commences daily flights on 27 July 2011. Cargo payloads include a
multitude of goods ranging from medical and pharmaceutical
supplies to vegetables and personal effects.
Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the new freighter
services presented an opportunity to grow business in Vietnam and
also bring welcomed extra capacity to the airline’s cargo
operations in India.
“Adding Hanoi to our cargo network is
an astute move for us as we’ve identified this as a major growth
market,” he said. “Vietnam exports a lot of manufacturing
goods and it is the world’s second highest exporter of rice ... In India, we’ve seen a big upward trend in cargo movements.
By coupling Kozhikode with Bengaluru on this new cargo route from
Doha, we ensure that we are utilising the available space onboard
our freighter to the maximum.”
Last year, Qatar Airways launched its first
North American cargo route with dedicated freighter operations to
Chicago – and received two of its three Boeing 777 freighters on
order. Cargo operations for the airline will move to New Doha
International Airport when the US$14.5 billion facility becomes
operational. With Bengaluru, Kozhikode and Hanoi added, the number
of freighter destinations served increases to 29 destinations.
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve over 120 key business
and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of more
than 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 97
aircraft, flying to 100 destinations across Europe, Middle East,
Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
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