Qatar Airways Cargo launches four South American routes
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced it will launch freighter operations to four new destinations in the Americas, starting 2 February 2017.
The airline will operate the routes with Boeing 777 freighters flying twice a week to the South American cities of Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Quito and the North American city of Miami.
The twice weekly freighter service will depart from Doha via Luxembourg, the cargo carrier’s European hub, with stops at Sao Paulo in Brazil, Buenos Aires in Argentina and Quito in Ecuador. On the return leg, the freighter will stop in Miami, Florida and Luxembourg before arriving in Doha.
These new freighter services aim to meet the growing demand for import and export trade in the region and will supplement the belly-hold cargo capacity on Qatar Airways daily flights to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Miami.
“These new destinations will connect the burgeoning import and export markets in the Americas region with the rest of the world,” said Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann. “Through our expertise in specialised solutions, namely QR Pharma for pharmaceuticals and QR Fresh for perishables, we are able to offer our customers an unbroken cool chain for their temperature-sensitive products via our state-of-the-art fully automated hub in Doha.”
The launch of the new freighter routes brings the cargo carrier’s total freighter destinations in the Americas to 12 while offering belly-hold services to 13 cities on the continent.
Major commodities out of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Quito include fresh flowers, perishables and pharmaceuticals, whilst imports into South America include a wide variety of products ranging from medicines, automotive, chemical products to high tech commodities and equipment for the oil and gas industry.
Miami in the United States will serve as the distribution hub of these air freight to and from the Latin American and Caribbean regions.
The world’s third largest cargo carrier recently took delivery of its 11th Boeing 777 freighter, taking the total count of freighters in operation to 20.