Qatar Airways Cargo this week celebrated their 20th anniversary, as well as expanding on its presence within China.
These represent two significant milestones from the Qatari carrier, which highlight how far they have come and how much further they want to go.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Qatar Airways Cargo 20th Anniversary…
In 2003, Qatar Airways’ cargo wing took flight, using Airbus A300 Freighters for its initial operations.
Nowadays, the airline operates to more than 160 belly-hold destinations and 70 freighter-only destinations.
Expanding on this was Elisabeth Oudkerk, the Senior VP of Cargo Sales & Network Planning at Qatar Airways Cargo:
“As Qatar Airways Cargo celebrates 20 years of freighter operations, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our customers for their continuous trust in our services.”
“We take immense pride in our history and anticipate contributing to the promising future of air freight.”
Expanding Their China Presence…
Another announcement made by the carrier this week was its plans to expand its presence into China, with new belly hold flights to Chengdu and Chongqing, which began on September 23 and 25.
The Airbus A330-300 is being utilised for these routes, of which alongside the services to Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Zhengzhou, the carrier now offers a total of 2,700 tonnes each way.
Oudkerk also commented on this expansion into China:
“[The airline] has been serving the Chinese market since October 2003, when it first started belly hold flights to Shanghai.”
“We are pleased to expand our network in Mainland China with these new destinations and offer our customers direct belly hold capacity for their imports and exports out of these key markets.”
All eyes are now on the airline to see how much further their expansion will take them within China from Qatar, but also over the next 20 years.
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