Sunday, September 21, 2014

Middle Eastern Cargo Airline Starts Two New Freighter Services

Belgium and China Added to Existing Schedules
Shipping News Feature

QATAR – BELGIUM – CHINA – Qatar Airways Cargo is set to continue expansion of its cargo services with the launch of two new freighter destinations, Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China. Along with the addition of the new routes, the airline will include a Boeing 777 freighter on the Doha – Hong Kong service from October 1, bringing up the weekly frequencies to 14. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, said:

“We are delighted to launch freighter services to these two important cities. The new Qatar Airways Cargo services will create exciting opportunities for businesses, especially in the pharmaceutical industry in both these countries. Importers and exporters can also benefit from the increased capacity introduced on both these trade lanes.”

From October 1, Qatar Airways Cargo will start serving Brussels four times a week, flying the Airbus A330F freighter via Entebbe, Uganda to Brussels on Wednesday and Sundays, and via Nairobi to Brussels on Mondays and Fridays. From October 2, a Boeing 777 freighter will operate on the Doha-Shanghai-Doha route, three times a week.

Major exports from Belgium are pharmaceuticals, automotives, perishables, optical, technical and medical apparatus, chocolates, and mineral fuels, precious stones, pearls and metals. Major industries in Shanghai are the retail industry and heavy industries such as steel-making and auto manufacture, high-tech and electronics. Shanghai is also a leading producer of ethylene, plastics, microcomputers, integrated circuits and mobile phones. In addition, Shanghai has the largest consumer market in China, leading to accelerated demand in all sectors, including cargo.