The cargo carrier’s fleet increases to 21 freighters
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Cargo received its latest Boeing 777 freighter in Doha recently, taking its total freighter fleet count to 21. The addition marks the cargo carrier’s unwavering commitment to building its young and modern air cargo fleet to strengthen its growth trajectory.
Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo said, “The arrival of our newest Boeing 777 freighter comes at a time when we are consciously strategising our freighter network expansion this year, above and beyond the unprecedented demand and growth in our charter services. Through our expanding fleet of 21 freighters, we offer increased capacity and flexibility to our customers, providing them access to any major air trade markets across the world.” The Boeing 777 freighter has the longest range of any twin-engined freighter and is based around the B777-200 Long Range aircraft operating on the airline’s ultra long-haul routes. With a payload capacity of 102 metric tonnes, the B777F is capable of flying 9,070 km. The airplane’s range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times. The capacity of the Boeing freighters is unrivalled, and the plane’s economics make it an attractive addition to the fleet. Qatar Airways Cargo operates the Boeing 777 freighters on long-haul routes to the Americas, Europe, the Far East, Asia and some destinations in Africa. The cargo carrier offers QR Charter, utilising its most modern fleet of Boeing B777s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 747 freighters. Its portfolio of distinctive products currently includes QR Pharma, QR Fresh, QR Live and QR Express offering efficiency and compliance in the handling of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and perishable cargo, transportation of live animals as well as time-critical shipments. The airline will receive another Boeing 777 freighter later this year, increasing its freighter fleet to a total of 22 aircraft by the end of 2017. Qatar Airways Cargo was recently awarded the Global Cargo Airline of the Year award at one of the leading air freight industry exhibitions, Air Cargo Africa in Johannesburg,