Qatar Airways Cargo enhances winter schedule for 2022
The carrier introduces new routes and frequency increases to support its customers.
Qatar Airways Cargo is poised and ready following the COVID outbreak, with plans in place to respond to the new climate and customer demands. The cargo airline has expanded its growing network by increasing flight frequency to several major locations in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas, which will benefit its clients' businesses internationally and help them meet growing demand this winter season.
Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo said, "We are always ready to adapt to our customer needs and there is a great potential for growth in many regions as our winter schedule changes indicates. We are happy to introduce frequency upgrades and give our customers access to more direct capacity which will ultimately benefit their business. In line with our Next Generation strategy, we will always put customer at the heart of everything we do by continuing to invest in our fleet, infrastructure, network, products, service and technology."
Qatar Airways Cargo serves over 20 Middle Eastern passenger and cargo destinations. The carrier just began a new freighter service to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital and largest city, operating Boeing 777 freighters twice a week with a cargo capacity of 100 tonnes each way, every trip. Cargo capacity will also rise to and from other Middle Eastern locations as the airline expands its flights from two to four per week to Kuwait and from one to three per week to Muscat by adding two A310 freighters per week to each of these destinations.
In Europe, the cargo carrier offers its air freight services to and from 48 destinations, operating both, belly-hold cargo services as well as freighters. The carrier recently launched two new freighter stations in Athens, Greece and Vienna, Austria. Qatar Airways Cargo will operate once a week Boeing 777 freighter to Athens with 100 tonnes of cargo capacity each way, per flight and once a week A310 freighter to Vienna, with over 35 tonnes of cargo capacity each way, per flight.
Effective 15 November 2022, Qatar Airways Cargo has also introduced belly-hold cargo services to Dusseldorf, expanding its network in the European region. The launch of daily flights between the two cities increases cargo capacity from Germany to over 1,500 tonnes each way, each week. The carrier will also be increasing its flights to Amsterdam by adding three weekly freighter flights effective 5 November 2022 and three weekly passenger flights effective 23 December 2022.
Lastly, in the Americas, the airline covers 21 passenger and freighter destinations and has introduced additional frequency to Chicago increasing its freighter flights from 10 weekly to 11 weekly in addition to a daily passenger service.
The cargo carrier recently launched its Next Generation strategy, with digitalization as a key pillar. Qatar Airways Cargo has also pioneered its next-generation Digital Experience platform with a revamped, comprehensive, and intuitive cargo customer portal called Digital Lounge bringing added value to the airline's customers, offering better engagement and interaction, increased productivity and time management, as well as better visibility, transparency and performance monitoring. Qatar Airways Cargo's customers will benefit from the many enhancements to the portal such as booking, tracking and tracing, account management, and reporting.
Qatar Airways Cargo increases:
- Muscat - from 1 weekly to 3 weekly effective 2 November 2022 (in addition to daily Passenger flights)
- Kuwait - from 2 weekly to 4 weekly effective 3 November 2022 (in addition to 35 weekly Passenger flights)
- Amsterdam - from 11 weekly to 14 weekly effective 5 November 2022 (in addition to 10 weekly Passenger flights eff. January 2023)
- Chicago - from 10 weekly to 11 weekly effective 5 November 2022 (in addition to daily Passenger flights)
Qatar Airways Cargo new freighter stations:
- Riyadh - from 0 weekly to 2 weekly effective 1 November 2022 (in addition to 12 weekly Passenger flights)
- Athens - from 0 weekly to 1 weekly effective 5 November 2022 (in addition to daily Passenger flights)
- Vienna - from 0 weekly to 1 weekly effective 4 November 2022 (in addition to 10 weekly Passenger flights)