Qatar Airways Cargo rises to third position
OCT 28, 2015: Qatar Airways Cargo announced that according to the latest IATA international FTK figures, it is now the third largest international cargo airline in the world. This is phenomenal growth for the rapidly expanding company, which has risen to the number three position from 16th place in just five years, and now boasts a freighter fleet of six Airbus 330s, eight Boeing 777s and one Boeing 747.
“Being in the top three international cargo carriers in the world reflects the hard work and commitment of the Qatar Airways Cargo team over the past five years,” said Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways. “Our cargo capability is a major component in driving our group success and growth, and it will remain a focus of our expansion in the coming years.”
“The new cargo terminal, which is scheduled to open in 2018, underlines our commitment to continued growth and expansion in line with the airline’s group objectives for the future,” said Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann. “Having the ability to handle 4.4 million tonnes of cargo a year will put Qatar Airways Cargo into another league, and enhance the efficiency and service already offered at our existing state-of-the-art facility,” he added.
Al Baker indicated that future plans include building further capacity for cargo at Hamad International Airport, to up to 7 million tonnes, after current expansion plans are complete.