Qatar shows tonnage increase
Year-on-year figures reveal that Qatar Airways Cargo’s tonnage increased by more than 400,000 tonnes in 2015.
The airline revealed that import cargo into Doha increased by 29 per cent, exports out of Doha increased by 10 per cent and transit cargo at the hub increased by 39 per cent in 2015. “At a time when international air cargo traffic grew only 2.5 per cent in 2015, it makes us very proud that our year-onyear figures from 2014 to 2015 show that we have grown our tonnage by 37.5 per cent,” said Ulrich Ogiermann, Chief Officer Cargo, Qatar Airways. “We achieved this growth by creative interline agreements and by deploying capacity on expanding or untapped markets.”
Further tonnage growth is expected for 2016 as more aircraft join the expanding fleet and destinations are added to the route network. An A330F and a new Boeing 747F nose loader were received by the airline in December 2015 and an eighth A330F recently joined the fleet. Three more Boeing 777 freighters are scheduled to arrive by the end of 2016. The airline splits its cargo capacity across freighters and passenger aircraft with 51 per cent of shipments carried on freighters compared to 49 per cent in the belly hold.
The airline splits its cargo capacity across its freighters and passenger aircraft with 51 per cent of shipments carried on freighters compared to 49 per cent in the belly hold
In March 2016, Qatar Airways Cargo launched three new freighter routes to Budapest, Prague and Ho Chi Minh. This will increase the airline’s freighter destinations in Europe to 14 and in Asia/Pacific to six. It will provide belly hold cargo capacity on the passenger flights to Boston, Birmingham Adelaide and Atlanta.