Qatar Airways freighter service to Kazakhstan lands in Hong Kong
QATAR Airways Cargo has started a new freighter service to Almaty in Kazakhstan, its second new destination in 2019, reports London's Air Cargo News
QATAR Airways Cargo has started a new freighter service to Almaty in Kazakhstan, its second new destination in 2019, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The twice-weekly Boeing 777 freighters depart Doha on Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Almaty on the same day. On the return, the freighters arrive into Doha via Hong Kong.
'2018 was a great year for us and we are excited to launch our second freighter destination in 2019, just 10 days after the launch of freighter services to Guadalajara, Mexico,' said Qatar Airways cargo chief Guillaume Halleux.
'The new addition further strengthens our global freighter network while expanding our footprint in Europe, which is a key market for air freight,' he said.
Almaty is a key financial centre and the country's biggest city. Major imports into Almaty include general cargo, fashion and high-tech products.
Qatar Airways Cargo volumes increased 10 per cent year on year in 2018.
The carrier received two brand new B777Fs in 2018 as part of its expansion - it has the ambition of becoming the world's largest air cargo carrier over the coming years. It has a further five B777Fs on order.