Qatar Airways Cargo recently announced its plans for major expansion in South America, with scheduled services to Campinas, Brazil (VCP), Santiago, Chile (SCL), Lima, Peru (LIM) and Bogotá, Colombia (BOG) joining its freighter network on January 16, 2020, serviced by a Boeing 777 freighter.
The twice-weekly freight flights to Bogotá from Doha will operate via Luxembourg and Miami, while the service from Bogotá to Doha will operate via Liège, offering 200 tonnes on each leg. The twice-weekly flights to Campinas from Doha will operate via Luxembourg with the service from Campinas to Doha, operating via Santiago, Lima, Dallas and Luxembourg, also offering 200 tonnes on each leg.
This development closely follows the recent arrival of the Qatar Airways Cargo’s 21st Boeing 777 freighter, which was delivered on November 25 and boosts the airline’s freighter fleet to 28.
Qatar Airways Cargo also has an order for five additional Boeing 777 freighters, with deliveries expected from April 2020 onwards.
Group chief executive, Qatar Airways, HE Akbar Al Baker remarked: “Air cargo is a crucial element in the global transport system that supports international trade and the free flow of goods around the world. The addition of these four new routes in South America further reinforces our position as one of the world’s leading air cargo providers, operating one of the largest networks in the world with the youngest and most environmentally efficient fleet in the industry.”
Also commenting was chief officer cargo, Qatar Airways, Guillaume Halleux: “We are very excited about our expansion in South America. The Americas are a very important market for us and there is a huge demand for South American fresh produce in Asia. With the introduction of our twice-weekly Boeing 777 freighter services, we offer exporters in South America a direct route for their cargo and a global network. Importers also stand to gain from the huge capacity to bring in their cargo to South America.”
Cargo to be transported between Doha and South America includes pharmaceuticals, perishables, live animals and high-value items such as telecommunication equipment, electronics and other valuable cargo.