By Staff writer
Announcement comes amid a dispute over claims by US carriers that Qatar Airways has benefited from gov't subsidies
Qatar Airways Cargo will launch a new freighter service to Los Angeles from April 4, its fourth destination in the United States.
The twice-weekly Boeing 777 Freighter service to Los Angeles will add to established routes to Houston, Chicago and Atlanta.
The new addition will provide 100 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight, departing Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays via Luxembourg and Mexico to Los Angeles International Airport.
The launch announcement comes amid a dispute over claims by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines that Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have benefited from $42 billion in state subsidies over the past decade, claims strongly denied.
Los Angeles International Airport is a major international cargo airport serving California, the world’s 16th largest economy.
Los Angeles ranks fifth in the US in terms of air cargo volumes processed. In 2014, LAX handled more than two million tonnes of air cargo, valued at more than $91.6 billion.
Qatar Airways uplifted over 49,000 tonnes of airfreight from the US market in 2014 and it will continue to be a key growth market for Qatar Airways Cargo, with the market predicted to add more than one million additional tonnes of freight before 2018, the carrier said in a statement.
Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann, said: “We are proud to announce our fourth freighter destination in the United States further strengthening Qatar Airways Cargo’s worldwide airfreight network.
"With the new destination, we are able to offer our customers capacity and five-star service into, and out of, this key cargo destination in the United States.”
Qatar Airways Cargo’s freighter to LAX will extend trading opportunities between Southern California and the Middle East.