Qatar Airways Cargo Announces Major Expansion

Qatar Airways Cargo plans to expand into three key new markets and is launching a new portfolio of air freight solutions, the first of which will be QR Live, for the transportation of animals.

The announcement was made by Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann at a press conference on the opening day of Air Cargo China 2016 in Shanghai.

Ogiermann said the world’s third largest cargo carrier by international flights will enter the Transpacific, Australian and South American air freight markets in the next nine months.

This major enhancement of the carrier’s network is made possible by the constant growth of its fleet, which now includes nine Boeing 777F, eight Airbus 3330F and two Boeing 747F aircraft, as well as the opening of its new European hub in Luxembourg.

The cargo carrier projects that its pure cargo fleet will grow to 22 aircraft by 2017 and from 1 July, the carrier will double its flights into and out of Luxembourg providing better connectivity for its customers.

Ogiermann also announced that Qatar Airways Cargo will add Halifax (Canada) and New York (JFK) to its freighter network in July 2016.