Qatar Airways takes delivery of first 747-8F, reveals orders for 777Fs

SEATTLE – Yesterday, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways was onsite at Boeing’s Delivery Center in Everett, WA to celebrate the handover of Qatar Airways Cargo’s maiden 747-8F (63199). The delivery of a second 140-tonne capacity nose-loading freighter is expected in November, and beyond that,  QR Cargo’s rapidly growing freighter fleet will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 26, 2017

The world’s top 50 cargo carriers

A year ago, when we looked at the top cargo carriers of 2015, we focused on Emirates’ rapid rise from nowhere to become a powerhouse that dominated the international air freight market. But Emirates does not carry domestic cargo, and FedEx, as it had done for many years, combined its massive US domestic traffic with […]
  • David Harris
  • August 8, 2017

Moscow: the rising cargo hub

The first quarter of 2017 was almost universally a solid quarter for air freight, but if carriers from one region stood-out, it might just be those based in Moscow. Recent reports of high double-digit traffic growth figures are almost reminiscent of those seen during the heydays of the Gulf Carriers, just a few years ago. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2017

The A350 brings yet more belly capacity

Last year, when the first A350-900 entered service with Qatar Airways, it received attention for the contributions the aircraft would make to the passenger experience. Comfort aside, however, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo Uli Ogiermann tells Cargo Facts the A350 is fitting in well on his side of the company. “From a cargo perspective, we […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 13, 2016

Air freight yield recovery on the horizon?

Netherlands-based WorldACD has released its May report on worldwide air cargo demand (measured by chargeable weight), and to no surprise global demand was nearly flat, up 0.5% y-o-y in May (see the chart, below). True, global-trade growth is still less than burgeoning, but there was some indication that yields are beginning to bottom out, and even […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 1, 2016

Atlas, Qatar, & Cargolux – a video summary of the week’s news

This week we have published breaking stories about three of the worlds biggest cargo players. At the Air Cargo China event we covered Cargolux’s new Cargolux China joint venture and hints about a third hub in the US, and Qatar Airways trans-Pacific ambition; while from the US came the story of Atlas Air’s transformation into “a different […]
  • David Harris
  • June 17, 2016

Qatar Airways cargo up almost 40% in 2015

It’s easy to post huge year-over-year growth percentages when you have hardly any cargo business, or if you’ve just entered the market. But to achieve 37.5% growth when you are already one of the world’s major cargo carriers is remarkable – but that is just what Qatar Airways Cargo did in 2015. According to IATA, […]
  • David Harris
  • March 4, 2016

Qatar’s grand plan for cargo

The air cargo press was rounded up last month and sent to Doha, to see a shiny new US$1 billion cargo terminal and talk to Qatar Airways. Unusually (but then there is nothing “usual” about Akbar Al Baker) the airline’s CEO was the main speaker at the press conference, a spot normally reserved solely for the […]
  • Alex Lenanne
  • November 19, 2015
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