Qatar Airways Cargo has set its eye on becoming the second largest cargo operator in the world by next year. The airline’s cargo division currently stands third.
“We are the third largest cargo operator in the world after Cathay Pacific. we hope that by next year our ranking will become number two. We are serving over 60 exclusive cargo destinations,” said Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways at a press conference held last week in Chiang Mai, Thailand. “We fly to over 150 passenger destinations and when we add our freighter destinations we fly to more than 196 destinations,” he added.
The airline has been constantly expanding its fleet size and its network globally. In September, the company received its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter and recently it took the delivery of the second 747-8 Freighter. The company also has eight Airbus A330 freighters and 13 Boeing 777F freighters.
“We are ordering more aircrafts. We are taking delivery of second Boeing 747-8 freighter. The cargo business is booming” Salam Al Shawa, said Senior Vice-President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Qatar Airways.
“Air freight plays a key role in the development of the global economy, and Qatar Airways will continue to seek new opportunities to invest in and grow our cargo business, to benefit not only our customers but the air cargo industry as a whole,” Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways had commented recently.
The company recently announced the commencement of Boeing 777 freighter services to Pittsburgh, its seventh freighter destination in 2017 and thirteenth in the Americas, starting on 11 October.
The airline is known for its expert handling of products thanks to well-trained personnel and special facilities.
The cargo carrier offers QR Charter, utilising its most modern fleet of Boeing 747-8, Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 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 cargo carrier recently received two awards in Asia: the ‘Overall Carrier of the Year’ award by Payload Asia and ‘Best Cargo Airline in Customer Services’ by the India Cargo Awards.