Qatar shows ton­nage in­crease

Year-on-year fig­ures re­veal that Qatar Air­ways Cargo’s ton­nage in­creased by more than 400,000 tonnes in 2015.

Cargo Talk - - Aviation - CT BUREAU

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.

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