By Staff writer
Qatar Airways Cargo is now the third largest international cargo airline in the world, according to IATA figures
Qatar Airways Cargo is now the third largest international cargo airline in the world, according to latest figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Doha-based carrier has risen to the number three position from 16th place in just five years, and now boasts a freighter fleet of six Airbus 330s, eight Boeing 777s and one Boeing 747.
Al Baker also revealed plans to create a second, even larger cargo terminal at the airline’s hub. The new facility, combined with the current facility, will allow Qatar Airways Cargo to handle 4.4 million tonnes of cargo a year, an increase from today’s 1.4 million tonne capacity.
“Being in the top three international cargo carriers in the world reflects the hard work and commitment of the Qatar Airways Cargo team over the past five years,” said Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive of Qatar Airways.
“Our cargo capability is a major component in driving our group success and growth, and it will remain a focus of our expansion in the coming years.”
He added: “The new cargo terminal, which is scheduled to open in 2018, underlines our commitment to continued growth and expansion in line with the airline’s group objectives for the future,” said Qatar Airways chief officer cargo Ulrich Ogiermann.
“Having the ability to handle 4.4 million tonnes of cargo a year will put Qatar Airways Cargo into another league, and enhance the efficiency and service already offered at our existing state-of-the-art facility,” he added.
Al Baker indicated that future plans include building further capacity for cargo at Hamad International Airport, to up to 7 million tonnes, after current expansion plans are complete.
Qatar Airways Cargo commenced operations in 1997 and a delivery of five new freighters is scheduled for next year with network enhancement to destinations such as Durban, Boston, Adelaide and Sydney in the coming months.