The cargo service section of Qatar Airways presented a notable growth of 37.5% in tonnages for 2015 as a whole, with a combination of innovative interline agreements, network and fleet expansion as well as by widening the capacity on untapped markets.The airline made an increase in cargo volumes up to 1,520,00 tonnes during 2015 from 2014’s 1,104,000 tonnes.
The ore-bulk-oil carrier/combination carrier informed that in Doha import cargo rose by 29 percent, whereas exports rose by 10 percent and transit cargo increased by 39 percent in the year 2015.
Ulrich Ogiermann, CEO cargo, Qatar Airways said that amidst a situation of a mere 2.5% rise in the international air freight in 2015, they feel proud of witnessing a 37.5% rise in tonnage from 2014-2015. He says the reasons responsible are a combination of innovative interline agreements, network and fleet expansion as well as by widening the capacity on untapped markets. There is an expected growth in 2016 too, with the increase in number of aircrafts joining the widening fleet as well as destinations to the network route.
In December, the airline received a Boeing-747F and A330F nose loader; and recently another A330F joined, increasing the number to eight. By this year’s end, three new Boeing-777 freighters will arrive.The airline usually splits its capacity to carry cargo across passenger aircraft and freighters, with 51 percent shipments carried upon freighters in comparison to 49 percent kept in storage.
In January, the airline introduced a new cargo destination to Fort Worth in Dallas, increasing the no. of destinations to 13 in the United States. A 4th weekly freighter started service in Los Angeles, also in January. Further in March, the airline will introduce three more freighter routes for Prague, Ho Chi Minh and Budapest. With this, the airline’s Europe destinations’ number will be 14 and 6 in Asia Pacific.