Qatar Airways Cargo buys third freighter

Qatar Airways is expanding both its fleet and the number of destinations it serves.
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Qatar Airways Cargo has bought a third freighter aircraft and expanded its services to seven new cargo-only destinations. The new destinations are Algiers, Tunis, Milan, Istanbul, Karachi, Colombo and Johor Bahru in Malaysia, bringing the total number of locations served by the carrier to 16 cities.

Furthermore, a new-look cargo warehouse, increasing space by 40% and including an import and export warehouse, cold storage and freezer facilities, has also been opened at Doha International Airport in the last six months.

"We are building our cargo operation to key markets around the world using Doha as a key hub," announced Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. "We will, over the next two years increase our cargo operation further as more A300 freighters are introduced and the first of our two new Boeing 777 freighters are delivered. These are scheduled for delivery from summer 2009," he added.

"With the addition of the new cargo aircraft and more destinations, Qatar Airways is able to offer cargo agents and freight forwarders a wider choice of cities for their shipments," remarked John Batten, Qatar Airways' general manager for cargo. "I am pleased to say that Qatar Airways Cargo has come a long way over the years to become a formidable force today," he concluded.

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