Qatar Airways to grow South American freighter network

Doha-based Qatar Airways Cargo is adding scheduled 777F flights to destinations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru beginning on Jan. 16, 2020, the carrier announced this week. The planned network expansion follows the delivery last week of the carrier’s twenty-first 777F from Boeing. Although QR Cargo already has stations at each of the four South […]

Doha airport second-phase expansion plans reveal massive new cargo terminal 

Hamad International Airport (DOH) unveiled the second phase of its airport expansion project on Tuesday. While most of the project focuses on building up the airport’s passenger operations, the second phase announcement also outlined plans to construct a new cargo terminal and supporting infrastructure, including a flight diversion area.  DOH’s new cargo terminal will comprise of three […]

Forwarder EFL commits to Pittsburgh as airport angles for JFK and ORD flights 

Today, Sri-Lanka based freight forwarder EFL announced that it will base its North American Cargo Distribution Center at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).    An expanding forwarder presence at the airport is good news for PIT as the airport seeks to leverage its geographic location between the Midwest and Northeast to attract cargo flows currently moving through major hubs like Chicago (ORD) and […]

Qatar Airways Cargo adds Singapore to freighter route 

Today, Qatar Airways Cargo announced the addition of Singapore as a new destination on its trans–Pacific freighter route.  Qatar Airways Cargo’s twice-weekly 777F flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays traverse the Pacific along a route stopping at destinations from Chicago (ORD)-Singapore (SIN)-Macau (MFM)-Los Angeles (LAX)-Mexico City (MEX)-Guadalajara (GDL)-Liège (LGG)-Doha (DOH). The carrier offers over 100 tonnes of cargo capacity […]

Qatar Airways adds first route to Portugal

Qatar Airways, in its latest expansion effort, touched down its first passenger flight at Lisbon Airport (LIS) in Portugal today.  The new daily direct flight between Doha (DOH) and LIS, operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, is offering 70 tonnes of cargo capacity to and from Portugal per week and includes direct connections to Europe, […]

EFL charters weekly 777F from Doha to Pittsburgh

Sri Lanka-based 3PL Expo Freight (EFL) has chartered a weekly 777 freighter operated by Qatar Airways Cargo from Doha (DOH) to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). According to a statement from EFL, the DOH-PIT service offers its customers in Asia a solution for 72-hour transit time from the Asia-Pacific region to regional distribution centers and retail […]

Despite March recovery, Doha reports drop in first quarter volumes

Today, Doha International Airport (DOH) reported it handled 505,581 tonnes of cargo in the first three months of 2019, a 1.7% decline compared to the same period the year prior, according to data published by the Arab Air Carrier’s Organization (AACO).   Although few airports have reported March volumes, data from Doha indicates that cargo traffic in March may have improved slightly over the first two months of 2019. Volumes in January […]

Qatar Cargo wraps up bumper Chilean cherry season airlift

This latest growing season in Chile has come up all cherries for Qatar Airways Cargo. Between Nov. 13 and Dec. 19, 2017, the Doha-based carrier has transported 1,400 tonnes of cherries from South America to markets in Asia, where demand for the fruit is especially high. Qatar Airways Cargo said that the lift required fourteen […]

Qatar Cargo U.S. freighter connectivity grows to 13 with Pittsburgh stop

A Qatar Airways Cargo 777 freighter touched town at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) yesterday, kicking off the first scheduled freighter route through the airport. The twice-weekly scheduled freighter service takes off from Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays with stops at Luxembourg and Atlanta, Georgia, before arriving in Pittsburgh. “This global air freight connectivity positions Pittsburgh […]

Qatar Airways to expand Latin America with cargo-friendly flights

While it still struggles with a Saudi-led boycott of trade with several Middle East nations, Qatar Airways is looking elsewhere and following through on its planned expansion of operations in Latin America. The Doha-based carrier announced plans to offer passenger flights on cargo-friendly A350-900 widebodies from Doha to Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, beginning next […]

Airport cargo handle jumps 3.3%

Total airport cargo handled — loaded and unloaded freight and mail — worldwide in 2016 was up 3.3 percent over 2015 to about 106 million tonnes, according to preliminary data from the Airports Council International. International freight handled was up 4.3 percent to about 66 million tonnes, accounting for a little more than 62 percent […]

Qatar adds four Americas destinations with twice-weekly 777F flights

Qatar Airways will commence twice-weekly freighter services to and from the South American destinations of São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Quito, effective Feb. 2, 2017. Qatar Cargo will also expand its freighter network in the U.S. with the addition of Miami, which the carrier will visit on its return flight following the aforementioned South American […]

On the Rise: Top 40 cargo airports provide glimpses of future growth

Sometimes all it takes is a shift in strategy from a single carrier to make an impact on airport freight traffic. Qatar Airways Cargo, for instance, has been ramping up its airfreight routes for the last couple of years, seeking more high-value cargo, such as pharmaceuticals, and forming joint ventures with other airlines, such as […]
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