ACW - Air Cargo Week
Qatar widens B777F network
Qatar airways, one of the world's fastest-growing airlines, continues to expand its dedicated cargo network.
In its latest move, Qatar Cargo will fly to Atlanta, Houston and Toronto via Luxembourg from its Doha hub.
The two US cities will be served twice-weekly by B777 freighters from 2 November, while Toronto in Canada will also be served by a B777F from 7 November.
The three North American destinations will complement capacity at Chicago, the carrier's only current freighter connection with the US.
However, parent carrier Qatar Airways already operates daily widebody passenger services from Doha to Houston, Washington and New York, along with three times a week flights to Montreal.
Elsewhere, Qatar Cargo has confirmed that it will be offering a new freighter operation to Jeddah from 30 October, supplementing the passenger services it already flies to the Saudi city.
Also on 30 October, the Qatari carrier is to add further frequencies on its freighter services to Bahrain, Chicago, Colombo, Dammam, Hong Kong and Tehran.
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker observed: "With the recent completion of our 35 percent stake in Cargolux, Europe's largest cargo airline, we have increased our focus on freighter operations, which ties seamlessly into the airline's strategy to have as many connecting points across the globe from our Doha hub" as possible.
Al Baker continued: "We have identified tremendous route expansion opportunities around the world, including North America where the freighter market is huge."
Qatar Cargo currently maintains a fleet of three A300-600 and two B777 freighters.