Qatar Airways has taken delivery of two new freighters, expanding its all-cargo fleet to 16 aircraft and consolidating its position as the world’s third-largest international air freight carrier.
The Doha-based carrier will deploy its seventh Airbus A330F and its first Boeing 747F nose loader aircraft to increase frequencies to Bahrain, Brussels, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and London Stansted.
The arrival of the two new aircraft comes at a time of unprecedented growth for the carrier, said Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer cargo.
“Increasing our capacity in tandem with increasing our network reach is an essential part of our strategy for the coming years and we expect to have a total of 21 freighters in our fleet by 2017.”
The current fleet, which also includes eight Boeing 777Fs and one Boeing 747F, will add four more B777Fs and one Airbus 330F by 2017.
The carrier will launch a new freighter route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Liege, Belgium, on Jan. 19, deploying a 777F on a twice weekly service.
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