Qatar Airways Cargo is adding three new Airbus A330-200F freighters to its fleet of seven aircraft.
The new A330s have replaced three Airbus A300 freighters that the airline has phased out of the fleet.
“The capacity of Qatar Airways Cargo has been significantly increased with the introduction of the new Airbus A330 freighter into our worldwide cargo route network,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said. “The arrival of the A330-200F comes at a time when Qatar Airways Cargo undergoes significant development and growth. The opening of our brand new USD$1 billion cargo facility at Hamad International Airport later this year will see Qatar Airways Cargo handle 1.4 million tonnes of cargo annually, more than tripling the capacity of the existing facility.”
Qatar Airways Cargo will deploy the A330-200F on routes including Amsterdam; Amman, Jordan; Cairo; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Chennai, India, complementing the operations of the fleet’s Boeing 777F aircraft.
Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, said the airline’s cargo expansion will position Qatar Airways as a leading freighter provider in the Middle East and internationally.
“As we continue to grow our operations and expand our reach to new and underserved destinations worldwide, we look forward to continuing to provide a world-class freighter service to our customers worldwide, with a further commitment to offering only the very best five-star service,” Ogiermann said.
In June, Qatar Airways Cargo will receive its fifth Boeing 777 freighter.