Qatar Airways Cargo is set to continue its expansion with the launch of two new freighter destinations, Brussels in Belgium and Shanghai in China.
Brussels will be served four times weekly by the Airbus A330F freighter, effective 1 October. The freighter will fly via Entebbe to Brussels on Wednesdays and Sundays and via Nairobi to Brussels on Mondays and Fridays.
A three-times weekly non-stop Boeing 777 freighter service will operate on the Doha-Shanghai-Doha route, effective 2 October.
“We are delighted to launch freighter services to these two important cities. The new Qatar Airways Cargo services will create exciting opportunities for businesses, especially in the pharmaceutical industry in both these countries. Importers and exporters can also benefit from the increased capacity introduced on both these trade lanes,” said Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo.
Major exports from Belgium are pharmaceuticals, automotives, perishables, optical, technical and medical apparatus, chocolates, and mineral fuels, including oil, precious stones, pearls and metals.
Major industries in Shanghai are the retail industry and heavy industries such as steel-making and auto manufacture, high-tech and electronics. Shanghai is also a leading producer of ethylene, plastics, microcomputers, integrated circuits and mobile phones. In addition, Shanghai has the largest consumer market in China, leading to accelerated demand in all sectors, including cargo.
Qatar Airways Cargo recently strengthened its product portfolio with the launch in January 2014 of two new premium services that optimise the transportation of time- and temperature-sensitive goods, including high-value pharmaceutical products and perishables. The new services, QR Pharma and QR Fresh, add to the company’s substantial range of cargo services and further enhance its capacity and flexibility to effectively move sensitive commodities in line with the highest world-class standards.
Qatar Airways Cargo completed the transition from a manually handled cargo environment to a fully automated cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport when it moved to the new state-of-the-art facility. The brand new cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport offers the very latest technology and five-star service to customers around the globe.
About Qatar Airways Cargo
Qatar Airways Cargo serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to 144 key business and leisure destinations globally on 134 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet currently includes three Airbus A330F and six Boeing 777 Freighters. At the Dubai Airshow 2013, Qatar Airways placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft. Also included in the order were eight additional A330-200F options, for a total of 13 aircraft. At the 2014 Farnborough Air Show, Qatar Airways placed an order for four Boeing 777 Freighters with options for four more, with a combined value of around US$3 billion.
Source: Qatar Airways Cargo.