Qatar Airways’ cargo tonnages soar by 37.5% in 2015
01 / 03 / 2016
Qatar Airways Cargo saw a 37.5% surge in tonnages during full year 2015, citing a combination of “fleet and network expansion, creative interline agreements and by deploying capacity on expanding or untapped markets”.
The Doha-hubbed airline increased its cargo volumes from 1,104,000 tonnes in 2014 to 1,520,000 tonnes in 2015.
The combination carrier said that import cargo into Doha increased by 29%, while exports ex- Doha increased by 10% and transit cargo at the hub increased by 39% in 2015.
Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, said: “At a time when international air cargo traffic grew only 2.5% in 2015, it makes us very proud that our year-on-year figures from 2014 to 2015 show that we have grown our tonnage by 37.5%. We have achieved this phenomenal growth through a combination of fleet and network expansion, creative interline agreements and by deploying capacity on expanding or untapped markets.”
Further tonnage growth is expected for 2016 as more aircraft join the expanding fleet and more destinations are added to the route network.
An A330F and a new Boeing 747F nose loader were received by the airline in December, and an eighth A330F recently joined the fleet. Three more Boeing 777 freighters are scheduled to arrive by the end of 2016.
The airline splits its cargo capacity across its freighters and passenger aircraft with 51% of shipments carried on freighters compared to 49% in the belly-hold.
In January 2016, Qatar Airways Cargo launched freighter destination to Dallas/Fort Worth, taking the airline’s number of freight destinations in the US to 13. In addition, a fourth-weekly freighter began serving Los Angeles in the same month January.
In March, Qatar Airways Cargo will launch three new freighter routes to Budapest, Prague and Ho Chi Minh. This will increase the airline’s freighter destinations in Europe to 14 and in Asia/Pacific to six.