Qatar Airways Cargo adds Changi to its transpacific connections

Qatar Airways Cargo has added Singapore Changi as a new destination to its transpacific freighter connections.

The Doha-based cargo carrier now operates a Boeing 777F twice a week into Singapore from Chicago. From Singapore, the freighter leaves for Macau on Tuesdays and Saturdays and then flies onward to Los Angeles, Mexico City and Guadalajara in the Americas, before returning to Doha via Liege.

More than 100 tonnes of cargo capacity is available on each leg of the flight.

Qatar Airways’ freighter network in the Asia Pacific region now covers nine destinations.

Qatar Airways chief officer cargo Guillaume Halleux commented: “Our customers have warmly welcomed the transpacific service, which is evident from the full loads on the route.

“The addition of Singapore to the transpacific route will enable exporters in Singapore to transport their cargo to North American markets directly and faster without a stopover in Doha.”

Lim Ching Kiat, the managing director for air hub development at Changi Airport Group, operator of Singapore Changi, observed: “Qatar’s new freighter flights will deepen Singapore’s air connectivity with the USA, our third-largest cargo market.

“In addition, the new flights will also link Changi Airport to Macau and Mexico via freighters for the first time. We look forward to these new flights which will give our partners and customers added options in their supply chain management.”

Qatar Airways Cargo launched its transpacific service in October 2018, then flying from Macau to Los Angeles and Mexico City.

In January this year the airline introduced Guadalajara to the route while also adding import capacity to Almaty, Kazakhstan.

New capacity

At the Paris Air Show held in June in the French capital, Qatar Airways announced an order for five new B777Fs. The new freighters will enable it to add new freighter routes while also increasing capacity on key trade lanes.

Qatar Airways Cargo currently serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet incorporates two B747-8Fs, 16 B777Fs and five Airbus A330 freighters.

The company has already added a single B777F to its fleet this year, while five more are due to arrive in the coming six months. It has also returned three A330Fs.

It also offers bellyhold capacity on its extensive passenger aircraft fleet.

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