Qatar Airways’ first freighter arrives in Pittsburgh
16 / 10 / 2017
A Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighter arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport to a grand water salute to mark the launch of the Middle East carrier’s twice weekly service and the thirteenth freighter destination in the Americas.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “It is a proud moment for us to be the first international airline to commence scheduled freighter services to Pittsburgh, bridging the air cargo gap between Americas, Europe and Asia.
"The launch of this new route strengthens our commitment to supporting the American import and export markets and offers a direct freighter connection out of Pennsylvania to Qatar Airways Cargo’s expansive global network.”
Pittsburgh International Airport chief executive Christina Cassotis said: "We are thrilled that Qatar Airways Cargo has selected Pittsburgh as its next North American cargo destination."
Known historically for its steel and chemicals industries, the manufacturing sector in Pittsburgh has diversified into life sciences, robotics, health care, information technology, nuclear engineering and energy. Products that will be transported into and out of Pittsburgh include heavy electronics, high-value goods and pharmaceuticals.
The twice-weekly freighter flight departs Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with stops at Luxembourg and Atlanta, Georgia before arriving in Pittsburgh. The return freighter flight on Thursdays and Sundays stops at European hub Luxembourg, before flying to Doha.
Qatar Airways Cargo has expanded its footprint in the Americas with the introduction of four freighter destinations this year: Quito, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Miami, connecting the burgeoning import and export market in the Americas to the rest of the world.
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