Qatar Airways Cargo announced that it has further boosted its growing network, with increased flight frequencies to multiple popular destinations in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to meet growing demand this winter season.
Guillaume Halleux, chief officer of cargo said the cargo carrier is "always ready" to adapt to our customer needs.
"There is a great potential for growth in many regions as our winter schedule changes indicate. We are happy to introduce frequency upgrades and give our customers access to more direct capacity which will ultimately benefit their business," Halleux said, adding that the airline will continue to invest in its fleet, infrastructure, network, products, service and technology.
Qatar Airways Cargo serves over 20 passenger and freighter destinations in the Middle East. The carrier recently launched a new freighter service to Riyadh, the capital and largest city in Saudi Arabia, operating Boeing 777 freighters twice a week, with 100 tonnes cargo capacity each way, per flight.
Cargo capacity to increase in the Middle East
The carrier said cargo capacity is also set to increase to and from other Middle Eastern cities, as the airline increases its flights from 2 to 4 for Kuwait, and from 1 to 3 for Muscat by adding two A310 freighters per week to each of these cities.
In Europe, the cargo carrier offers its air freight services to and from 48 destinations, operating both, belly-hold cargo services as well as freighters.
The carrier recently launched two new freighter stations in Athens, Greece and Vienna, Austria. Qatar Airways Cargo will operate once a week Boeing 777 freighter to Athens with 100 tonnes of cargo capacity each way, per flight and once a week A310 freighter to Vienna, with over 35 tonnes of cargo capacity each way, per flight.
Effective November 15, Qatar Airways Cargo has also introduced belly-hold cargo services to Dusseldorf, expanding its network in the European region and increasing cargo capacity from Germany to over 1,500 tonnes each way, each week.
The carrier will also be increasing its flights to Amsterdam by adding three weekly freighter flights effective November 5, and three weekly passenger flights effective December 23.
Lastly, in the Americas, the airline covers 21 passenger and freighter destinations and has introduced additional frequency to Chicago increasing its freighter flights from 10 weekly to 11 weekly in addition to daily passenger service.
Digitalisation a "key" strategy pillar
The cargo carrier recently launched its Next Generation strategy, with digitalization as a key pillar.
Qatar Airways Cargo has also boosted its next-generation Digital Experience platform with a revamped, comprehensive, and intuitive cargo customer portal called Digital Lounge which is expected to benefit customers in terms of booking, tracking and tracing, account management, and reporting.
Other network enhancements for the winter season include Muscat (from 1 weekly to 3 weekly effective November 2); Kuwait (from 2 weekly to 4 weekly effective November 3); Amsterdam (from 11 weekly to 14 weekly effective November 5); and Chicago (from 10 weekly to 11 weekly effective November 5).
These are all services on top of the daily Passenger flights to the said destinations.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways Cargo's new freighter stations are to Riyadh (from 0 weekly to 2 weekly effective November 1); Athens (from 0 weekly to 1 weekly effective November 5); and Vienna (from 0 weekly to 1 weekly effective November 4).
"The world's leading air cargo carrier is poised and ready post the COVID pandemic with strategies in place to adapt to the changing environment and customer needs," the airline said.