Heathrow Airport has welcomed the first freighter flight operated by Qatar Airways Cargo, the airline’s second freighter aircraft service to London.
The Airbus A330 Freighter landed at Heathrow on 3 June and will depart weekly from Doha on Saturdays returning via Basel, bringing the carrier’s total cargo capacity out of the UK to 1,500 tonnes a week.
Qatar Airways Cargo operates freighters to London Stansted Airport and transports cargo on passenger flights to and from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Heathrow and Manchester.
Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann says: “The commencement of the freighter services to London Heathrow marks our sixth new freighter destination for 2017 and boosts our current belly-hold capacity available on 72 passenger flights to the United Kingdom every week.”
“We are expanding our network globally, offering customers direct access to major trade markets such as the United Kingdom via our state-of-the-art fully-automated hub in Doha.”
The flights will service UK industries including electronics and telecoms, vehicles and automotive, engineering, information technology, pharmaceuticals, biotech and health, and perishables.
Qatar Airways Cargo has launched new freighter services to the Americas and Asia with Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Quito, Miami and Phnom Penh flights, and increased frequencies to Brussels, Basel and Hong Kong.