Qatar Airways Cargo to expand in South America
14 de junho de 2016
São Paulo – Qatar Airways Cargo will expand its presence in three markets in the next few months: Australia, Transpacific, region comprising Asia and Pacific, and South America. New aircraft are the company’s priority for this expansion, in addition to a new European hub in Luxembourg and the increase in the number of destinations. The promise was made this Tuesday (14) by the Chief Officer for Cargo of the company, Ulrich Ogiermann, on the opening day of Air Cargo China 2016 in Shanghai.
“Last year, we succeeded in becoming the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, but there are still areas we have not yet targeted to their full potential. In 2017, we will target areas such as Transpacific, Australia and South America – do not be surprised if you see us becoming a strong player in all these markets in the next nine months. Our expansion into these markets has been made possible thanks to our continuing fleet growth – we will receive three new aircraft by March 2017 – and by the launch of our new European hub in Luxembourg’, said Ogiermann.
Until next year, the company plans to have 22 pure cargo aircraft in operation. Currently, it has 20 aircrafts in its cargo fleet. South America is not attended by the company’s cargo fleet yet.
In the region, cargo services are made via the cargo compartment of commercial flights from the Doha to São Paulo and São Paulo to Buenos Aires routes. On the return flight, the plane takes off from the Argentinian capital, makes a stop in São Paulo and goes to Doha. These are the two destinations served by the company in South America, according to information from the company’s website. This year still, Qatar Cargo will add two destinations in North America: Halifax, Canada, and New York, United States.
According to the report World Air Transport Statistics by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Qatar Cargo was listed in the eighth position among the world’s largest cargo carriers in 2014. It trailed, in cargo volume, Fedex, Emirates, UPS, Cathay, Korean Air, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.
*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani