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Qatar Airways launches German Freighter Service

Travel News Asia 20 April 2005

Qatar Airways is taking advantage of the recently-agreed new bilateral agreement between the governments of Qatar and Germany by introducing a freighter route linking Doha with Munich.

The thrice-weekly service becomes the third cargo route on the carriers freighter network which also covers Chennai and Amsterdam.

The new flight is being operated non-stop by Qatar Airways dedicated freighter, an Airbus A300-600F, to and from the airlines hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar in the Persian Gulf.

Qatar Airways already operates daily passenger flights between Doha and Munich, but the addition of a dedicated cargo service reinforces the importance of Germany as a freighter market.

Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said, Qatar Airways is extremely delighted to be spreading its wings in the cargo market, thanks largely due to the successful round of bilateral discussions between the governments of Germany and Qatar.

We welcome the freedom to operate new services to and from Germany which is excellent news for small and large companies wanting to send goods between Germany and the Middle East and onwards to other points around the world.

Freight traffic to and from Germany is enjoying unprecedented growth which we are already experiencing through our passenger flights. We are pleased to be able to improve our service and accommodate the needs of our customers.

Al Baker explained that Qatar Airways planned to introduce more freighters to its fleet of 39 all-Airbus aircraft and create a global network of cargo services.

Added Klaus Eckhardt, Qatar Airways Network Manager for Cargo Sales and Marketing, Munich is ideally located with a huge catchment area. We look forward to working with our cargo agents here in Doha and Munich and, indeed rest of the world, to service their requirements.

Qatar Airways Cargo, a division of Qatar Airways, will be offering its Platinum Service which provides priority loading and guaranteed shipment once booked.

As part of the Qatar/Germany bilateral accord signed in Bonn in February, Qatar Airways has increased the number of passenger flights on the Doha Frankfurt route from six a week to daily.

In addition, the Doha Munich Vienna route, operated five-times-a-week, has been de-linked and replaced by dedicated non-stop services to both European cities.

Qatar Airways currently flies 12 passenger flights a week between Doha and both Frankfurt and Munich, but the bilaterals allow capacity to rise to 21 services spread across five German cities over the next 18 months.

The bilateral talks concluded with Qatar Airways being allowed to operate dedicated freighter flights to any point in Germany from the start of the summer season. Starting off with four cargo flights a week, capacity can increase to seven services from Winter 2006.

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