Qatar Airways Cargo extends fleet

Middle Eastern air cargo company Qatar Airways Cargo has taken delivery of its seventh Airbus A330F and first Boeing 747 nose loader aircraft at its home base in Hamad International Airport in Doha. The company is now the third largest air cargo company in the world, with 16 air freighters including seven Airbus A330F, eight Boeing 777F and now one Boeing 747F.

The company is set to have more aircraft delivered next year and is expected to have 21 air freighters by 2017 as it drives to become one of the world’s largest dedicated air freight companies.

Qatar Airways cargo chief officer Ulrich Ogiermann said: “We are delighted to welcome the seventh Airbus A330F and our first Boeing 747F nose loader to our growing freighter fleet.

“The arrival of this new aircraft brings our total fleet up to 16 freighters and is an important addition to the airline at a time when we are experiencing unprecedented growth. Increasing our capacity in tandem with increasing our network reach is an essential part of our strategy for the coming years and we expect to have a total of 21 freighters in our fleet by 2017.”

The new aircraft will support the airline’s busy network by increasing the frequency of flights to Bahrain, Chennai, Brussels, London Stansted, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

The Airbus A330-200F is one of the world’s most modern air freighters with a capacity of 68 tonnes and a range of 4000 nautical miles. These aircraft have temperature controlled compartments and can carry high value consumer goods as well as express parcels and perishables in most common sized pallets and containers.

The B747 freighter meets the needs of express cargo and industrial freight operators. It has a range of up to 4100NM and can carry containers of up to 40ft, as well as having seating for up to eight cargo attendants or grooms for horses. With its nose loading capability it can carry even very large goods.