Qatar Airways Cargo receives its fourth A330 freighter


Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of its fourth Airbus A330-200 freighter on 24 November 2014. The A330-200F has a payload capability of 70 metric tonnes and a range of up to 4,000 nm (7,400 km), and with its arrival adds even greater capacity to Qatar Airways Cargo’s rapidly expanding fleet. Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo said: “We are delighted to receive our latest A330 freighter which will assist us in our growth by providing even more capacity and range for our customers, on both scheduled and charter operations.” The A330-200F’s large main-deck cargo door allows the aircraft to accept all commonly-used pallets and containers, enabling the transport of a full range of cargo – from high-value consumer goods to express packages and perishables.
The A330-200F can transport up to 23 side-by-side pallets on its main deck, with flexibility for additional arrangements such as single-row loading of 16 pallets and a mix of 9 AMA containers with four pallets. The spacious lower-deck cargo hold accepts up to 26 LD3 containers, plus 19.7 cubic metres of bulk cargo.
It has been a remarkable year for Qatar Airways Cargo with the launch of QR Pharma and QR Fresh in January, the migration to the fully automated, state-of-the-art cargo facility at Hamad International Airport and the launch of eight freighter destinations so far in 2014.
ANA, United prepare for joint cargo venture
For the first time between freight carriers from the U.S. and Asia, Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) and Chicago-based United Airlines are preparing to launch an air cargo joint venture that will help both carriers manage trans-Pacific shipments more efficiently.
On Friday, Nov. 21, ANA filed its application with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity, which will help clear the way for the partnership to begin.
The two carriers are not exactly strangers, as both are members of the Star Alliance global airline network and have been participating in a similar agreement with their passenger flights since 2011. But once the legal hurdles are completed, ANA and UA will be able to jointly manage scheduling, pricing and sales of trans-Pacific cargo, making it easier for both carriers to compete with budget passenger airline. Shippers will also have more flexibility in choosing routes and finding cargo space.
ANA also has plans to launch a similar cargo venture with Germany’s Lufthansa Cargo AG between Asia and Europe later this year or in early 2015. The carrier already has passenger joint ventures in place with Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines.