Qatar Airways Cargo adds extra European flights

By Damian Brett

Qatar Airways Cargo has added flights between Vietnam and France, and to and from Scandinavian cities Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.

The Vietnam operation will see 11 Boeing 777 freighters fly from Hanoi in the month of May and four weekly freight-only Boeing 777 passenger aircraft will operate from Ho Chi Minh City until June for customer, Bollore Logistics.

The flights will transport more than 2,000 tonnes of essential medical items, face masks and personal protective equipment to support the French Government and French Ministry of Health in the fight against the pandemic.

These flights are in addition to the airline’s scheduled ten weekly freighters from Vietnam.

Since March 2020, the cargo carrier has operated a number of Boeing 777F charters and scheduled flights, bringing in over 5,000 tonnes of medical supplies and relief goods into France.

Meanwhile, the cargo business has also introduced additional flights to and from Scandinavian cities Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, “offering freight capacity for local exports amidst the coronavirus pandemic”.

Five additional Airbus A350 freight only passenger aircraft have been introduced each week to the carrier’s existing thrice-weekly bellyhold passenger flights in Copenhagen, bringing the total weekly cargo capacity to more than 500 tonnes each way.

“With approximately 140 cubic metres volumetric weight on every A350 flight, the cargo carrier is helping exporters in Denmark to ship their cargo to Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Seoul, Johannesburg and other destinations on its global network. Temperature sensitive cargo such as insulin and perishables as well as mail and general cargo are the main exports on these flights,” Qatar Cargo said in a statement.

In Oslo, the airline has introduced two additional frequencies of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 freighters to its existing six weekly freighter flights and three freight only passenger flights.

The carrier said it will operate its Boeing 747-8F every Thursday in May, supporting the demand for imports and exports.

The airline also operated one Boeing 777 freighter from Stockholm, Sweden last week, with 103 tonnes of freight consisting of automotive cargo, general cargo and pharmaceuticals destined to China, Australia, Japan and other countries within the Qatar Airways network.

On a regular basis, Qatar Airways Cargo will add more freighters to and from Sweden, that will help “support Scandinavia’s businesses to cater to the high export demand from other countries”.

The airline is also bringing in imports like Covid-19 medical goods, foodstuff, flowers, garments and machinery parts on flights into Denmark and Norway.

The airline continues to operate a significant cargo schedule with approximately 175 cargo flights per day.

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