*Two Boeing 777 freighters will join the airline’s rapidly growing fleet this year
Qatar Airways Cargo bagged the 'Best Air Cargo Carrier-Middle East' honour at the Asian Freight Logistics & Supply Chain Awards event held during the ‘Air Cargo China’ recently.
This is in recognition of the carrier’s investments and innovation in air freight and supply chain.
The award is a “strong indicator of the cargo carrier’s leadership and success and a firm recognition of its commitment” to its customers, according to a statement.
Qatar Airways Cargo wrapped up a highly successful participation at Air Cargo China 2018, where it launched its first brand video in the cargo carrier’s history and unveiled its redesigned exhibition stand.
The brand video launch event was attended by key media as well as the cargo carrier’s customers, and drew many visitors to its booth.
On the remarkable win, Qatar Airways chief officer (Cargo) Guillaume Halleux expressed gratitude to the cargo carrier’s customers and staff.
He said, “We continue to thrive and make great strides in air cargo, keeping customers at the core of our business. I am humbled to receive this award and at the same time proud of all that we have achieved together as a team.
“We thank our customers for their continued support, as well as our staff for their immense dedication. We will build further upon our success with service excellence as the foundation, always ensuring that our customers’ needs are at the heart of our business.”
One of the world’s leading cargo carriers, Qatar Airways Cargo has added a number of key freighter destinations and enhanced its products and services.
Some of its major milestones in 2017-18 include the launch of the 2,470-square-metre “Climate Control Centre”, a specialised transit facility for temperature-controlled shipments; expansion of its QR Pharma network, covering more than 70 destinations globally; opening of a dedicated transit facility for courier and mail products; launch of services to ten belly-hold and four freighter destinations; first international cargo carrier to launch dedicated freighters to Yangon and Pittsburgh, and addition of the 13th Boeing 777F and two Boeing 747-8Fs to its freighter fleet.
“Perhaps the most outstanding achievement of 2017, was the role Qatar Airways Cargo played to break the impact of the illegal blockade imposed on the people of Qatar. Overnight, the cargo carrier deployed a vast fleet of owned and leased aircraft to restore national food and commercial supplies, while managing the logistics, warehousing and distribution to ensure supermarkets and businesses were fully stocked. They did this while maintaining service levels to their regular customers,” Qatar Airways Cargo said in a statement.
The cargo carrier said it is “investing significantly” in fleet and network expansion. With a fleet of 23 freighters, a further two Boeing 777 freighters will join the airline’s fleet this year providing increased capacity to the growing import and export market.
The recent announcement of five additional Boeing 777 freighters will allow the cargo carrier to reach untapped markets globally.