Qatar Airways will launch a new freighter service between Milan and Chicago in July, doubling the Middle Eastern carrier’s cargo capacity out of the U.S.
The twice-weekly service, operated by Boeing 777 freighters, will start on July 3.
The new service will add about 200 tons of additional weekly capacity to the carrier’s current uplift from Chicago.
“Along with our recently introduced thrice-weekly passenger service between our Doha hub and Chicago which will step up to daily flights from June 15, these new dedicated freighter services will solidify Qatar Airways’ position in the United States as a leader in freighter and passenger services,” said Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker.
The Milan-Chicago route is one of the world’s busiest freighter routes, with more than 16,500 tons of cargo shipped annually, the airline said.