April 06, 2016: Qatar Airways, the world's third largest air cargo operator, has commenced daily cargo service between Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha. All cargo is being transported on board the Airbus A350, as part of the airline's daily, non-stop passenger service, which launched on March 16.
While the daily A350 service is expected to transport 40 tonnes of cargo per week to Boston, the outbound flight to Doha will carry an estimated 90 tonnes per week to Qatar Airways' network of over 150 destinations around the world, via the Hamad International Airport, in Doha. The majority of exports will be live lobsters, primarily headed to major Asian markets, including Hanoi, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Singapore, Yangon, Hong Kong and Seoul.
Boston becomes the airline's 14th cargo destination in the Americas, with freighters operating to six destinations: Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Mexico.
"There is a great deal of excitement surrounding our launch of daily passenger service to Boston," said Ulrich Ogiermann, chief officer cargo, Qatar Airways. "But we are equally pleased to report on the continued expansion of our cargo service network. Even as we give Boston travellers access to the reigning Airline of the Year, we will also employ this Airbus A350 to facilitate trade and generate new business growth opportunities in Boston and around the world."
In order to preserve the highest quality and extend the shelf life of these and other perishable items, Qatar Airways Cargo employs its QR Fresh airfreight service. This innovative solution maintains optimal temperature for perishable products such as fruits, flowers, vegetables, meat, and fish from their origin airport through to their final destination.
Qatar Airways served as the global launch partner for the state-of-the-art Airbus A350. Currently, the airline has eight A350s in service, flying to four different continents, including service along their Doha-Philadelphia route. In addition, Qatar Airways has 80 A350s on order with Airbus, as part of the airline's commitment to maintaining the industry's youngest, most advanced fleet.