By Staff writer
Freight unit of Doha carrier says further growth expected this year as more aircraft join fleet
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it increased its tonnage by 37.5 percent in 2015, cementing its position as the world’s third largest international air freight carrier.
Year-on-year figures showed that the carrier increased its tonnage from 1,104,000 tonnes in 2014 to 1,520,000 tonnes in 2015.
The airline also revealed that import cargo into Doha increased by 29 percent, exports out of Doha increased by 10 percent and transit cargo at the hub increased by 39 percent in 2015.
“At a time when international air cargo traffic grew only 2.5 percent 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 percent,” said 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.”
He said 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 Boeing 747F 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.
Qatar Airways Cargo’s network expansion for 2016 began in January with the launch of a new freighter destination to Dallas/Fort Worth, taking the airline’s number of freight destinations in the US to 13.
This month, Qatar Airways Cargo will launch three new freighter routes to Budapest, Prague and Ho Chi Minh.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.