Wed, 2 March 2016

Qatar Airways Cargo Reports 37.5% Increase in Tonnage

Qatar Airways Cargo has reported a 37.5% increase in tonnage carried in 2015.

Highlighting the airlines continued growth and expansion, year-on-year figures show that the carrier increased its tonnage from 1,104,000 tonnes in 2014 to 1,520,000 tonnes in 2015.

Import cargo into Doha increased by 29%, while exports out of Doha increased by 10%. Transit cargo at the hub increased by 39% in 2015.

At a time when international air cargo traffic grew only 2.5% in 2015, it makes us very proud that our year-on-year figures from 2014 to 2015 show that we have grown our tonnage by 37.5%, said Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo. We have achieved this phenomenal growth through a combination of fleet and network expansion, creative interline agreements and by deploying capacity on expanding or untapped markets.

Further tonnage growth is expected for 2016 as more aircraft join the expanding fleet and more destinations are added to the route network.

An A330F and a new B747F nose loader were received by the airline in December, and an eighth A330F recently joined the fleet. Three more Boeing 777 freighters are scheduled to arrive by the end of 2016.

The airline splits its cargo capacity across its freighters and passenger aircraft with 51% of shipments carried on freighters compared to 49% in the belly-hold.

Qatar Airways Cargos network expansion for 2016 began in January with the launch of a new freighter destination to Dallas/Fort Worth, taking the airlines number of freight destinations in the US to 13. In addition, a fourth-weekly freighter began serving Los Angeles on 19 January, complementing the new passenger service to the city, which commenced 1 January.

In March, Qatar Airways Cargo will launch three new freighter routes to Budapest, Prague and Ho Chi Minh. This will increase the airlines freighter destinations in Europe to 14 and in Asia/Pacific to six.

Qatar Airways Cargo will also provide belly-hold cargo capacity on the passenger flights that will commence to the new destinations of Boston, Birmingham, Adelaide and Atlanta on its network in the coming months.

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