Qatar Airways Cargo has launched freighter operations to four new destinations in the Americas starting from 2 February 2017.
The Boeing 777 Freighter will fly twice a week to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Quito (subject to government approval) and Miami in the US.
The twice weekly freighters 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.
The carrier says these new freighter services aim to meet the growing demand for import and export trade in the region and supplement bellyhold capacity on daily flights to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Miami.
Qatar Airways’ chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann says: “We are excited to start the year 2017 with the launch of four new freighter destinations. These new destinations will connect the burgeoning import and export markets in the Americas region with the rest of the world.
“Through our expertise in specialised solutions, namely QR Pharma for pharmaceuticals and QR Fresh for perishables, we are able to offer our customers a seamless and an unbroken cool chain for their temperature-sensitive products via our state-of-the-art fully automated hub in Doha.”
The launch of this new freighter route entails great business and network growth for Qatar Airways Cargo as it brings its total freighter destinations in the Americas to 12 while offering belly services to 13 cities on the continent.
Major commodities out of Sao Paulo, Bueno Aires and Quito are 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 US will serve as the distribution hub of these airfreight to and from the Latin American and Caribbean regions.
The introduction of these new freighter services will also provide a huge impetus to the perishables and pharmaceutical exports out of these key markets.
The world’s third largest cargo carrier recently took delivery of its 11th 777F taking the total count of freighters in operation to 21.