Qatar Airways Cargo has increased capacity from Doha to Los Angeles adding a fourth weekly freighter service and started a bellyhold service.
The move was announced at a Qatar Airways press conference yesterday at the Peninsula Beverly Hills in Los Angeles where commencement of a daily, non-stop bellyhold service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hamad International Airport in Doha was also celebrated.
The carrier’s chief executive, Akbar Al Baker announced that a fourth weekly freighter will serve LAX from 19 January.
Qatar Airways is the world’s third largest international cargo carrier and has served the Los Angeles market since 2015.
At the press event, Al Baker praised the city of Los Angeles for helping to bring the airline to LAX and spoke about Qatar Airways’ ongoing growth and expansion in the US and around the world. “Los Angeles is one of the great centres of world aviation and will become a vital component in our expanding global network,” says Al Baker.
“We look forward to introducing Angelenos to our award-winning signature service, with access to more than 150 destinations around the world, through our central hub in Doha. Thank you to everyone who has made this historic route possible.”
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti welcomes the arrival of Qatar Airways: “I’m pleased to welcome Qatar Airways’ new service between LAX and Doha. This new international flight will add more than $600 million to our economy, boost our growing tourism sector, and support thousands of new jobs for Angelenos. It’s exciting to see LAX take yet another step forward as it continues to extend its reach across the globe.”
The new bellyhold route to LAX started on New Years Day and comes as the airline continues to expand and enhance services across the US.
Los Angeles is the 8th US destination for Qatar Airways, with new services planned to Boston on 16 March and Atlanta on 1 June and a second daily flight scheduled to commence from New York’s JFK International Airport in April.