Qatar Airways Cargo reports major tonnage increase
Qatar Airways Cargo’s tonnage carried during full year 2015 increased 37.5%, the airline has announced in a statement.
Qatar Airways Cargo said “fleet and network expansion, creative interline agreements and deploying capacity on expanding or untapped markets” were responsible for the growth.
The Doha-based airline increased cargo volumes from 1,104,000 tonnes in 2014 to 1,520,000 tonnes in 2015 and has more freighters slated for delivery this year.
Import cargo into Doha increased by 29%, while exports increased by 10% and transit cargo increased by 39% in 2015, the airline said.
“At a time when international air cargo traffic grew only 2.5% in 2015, it makes us very proud that our year-on-year figures from 2014 to 2015 show that we have grown our tonnage by 37.5%,” said Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer cargo.
“We have achieved this phenomenal growth through a combination of fleet and network expansion, creative interline agreements and by deploying capacity on expanding or untapped markets,” he added.
Further tonnage growth is expected for 2016 as more aircraft join the expanding fleet and more destinations are added to the route network. Qatar Airways Cargo is a combination carried, flying air cargo aboard freighter aircraft as well as in bellyhold on its passenger planes.
Around 49% of cargo is carried in the bellyhold.
An A330F and a new Boeing 747F nose loader were received by the airline in December, and an eighth A330F joined the fleet in early 2016. Three more Boeing 777 freighters are scheduled for delivery this year.