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Qatar Airways Cargo says to expand fleet in August

Freighter unit will introduce the first 747 freighter to its expanding fleet on August 1

Qatar Airways Cargo says to expand fleet in August
Qatar Airways Cargo. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Qatar Airways Cargo will introduce the first 747 freighter to its expanding fleet on August 1 to further enhance its global on-demand charter services.

The B747-400BCF will complement the cargo airline’s expanding freighter fleet providing 112.5 tonnes of capacity dedicated to worldwide charter services, the airline said in a statement.

Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann, said: “Qatar Airways Cargo is experiencing increased worldwide demand for quality charter services as well as growing local demand with significant infrastructure projects under way in Qatar that require outsized cargo capacity.

"The addition of the B747 freighter will also provide greater flexibility to our global network by supplementing our existing scheduled services as and when required.”

The airline said it will also welcome a B747-400F with a nose loading door to its fleet in October, replacing the B747BCF to provide even more flexibility to satisfy customers’ oversized cargo transportation demands.

One of the largest palletised cargo aircraft available in the market, the 747F is suitable to transport freight of all kinds and can provide a temperature control range from 4° to 30° degrees Celsius.

Livestock and horses, perishables, heavy machinery, oversized equipment, oil and gas equipment, and humanitarian and relief aid can all be transported worldwide on this aircraft, which is suitable for long haul cargo flights of up to 10 hours.

Qatar Airways Cargo is the world’s fifth largest airfreight airline and operates eight B777Fs and six A330Fs.

The airline recently announced a firm order for four B777 Freighters at the Paris Air Show in addition to an existing order for four B777Fs and two firm A330Fs with options for a further eight.

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