Qatar Airways Cargo expands freighter network in Europe with launch of Almaty services
Jan 22, 2019: Qatar Airways Cargo has expanded its freighter network in Europe with launch of twice-weekly freighter services to Almaty in Kazakhstan.
This is the Doha-based airline's second new freighter destination in 2019. The airline will operate Boeing 777 freighters on the route, offering more than 200 tonnes of capacity each week to the Kazakh city.
The aircraft will depart Doha on Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Almaty on the same day. On the return, the freighters arrive into Doha via Hong Kong.
Guillaume Halleux, chief officer Cargo, Qatar Airways said: 'The new addition further strengthens our global freighter network while expanding our footprint in Europe, which is a key market for air freight. Customers globally are offered a direct connection for imports into Almaty from our hub in Doha and can count on us for efficient and world-class service for their air freight requirements.'
Almaty is a key financial centre and the largest metropolis in Kazakhstan. Major imports into Almaty include general cargo, fashion and high-tech products.
With the latest addition of Almaty, the cargo carrier's freighter network in Europe has increased to 16 destinations.
Qatar Airways Cargo also transports freight on the belly-hold of passenger flights operating to more than 50 destinations on the continent. The cargo carrier's combined weekly cargo capacity to and from Europe is more than 15,000 tonnes each way.
Qatar Airways Cargo recently launched freighters to Guadalajara, Mexico on its transpacific route, offering customers in Asia direct connection and capacity to North America.