Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced twice-weekly B777 freighter services to Macau with onwards transpacific service that then connects with Liege and finally back to Doha, effectively making it a round-the-world service.
Alongside the launch of the new service – its fourth freighter destination in Greater China – the carrier has also introduced transpacific freighter services, providing direct flights over the Pacific from Macau to North America (Los Angeles and Mexico City), resulting in reduced flight times and faster services for customers.
Macau becomes Qatar Airways Cargo’s fourth freighter destination in greater China after Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The cargo carrier also transports belly-hold cargo on passenger flights to seven destinations in Greater China. In North America, the carrier has an extensive network of nine freighter destinations and 11 belly-hold cargo destinations.
From Macau the new service departs across the Pacific to Los Angeles and Mexico City and on the return leg, the freighter flies over the Atlantic to Liege before arriving at the carrier’s hub in Doha. One hundred tonnes of cargo capacity is offered on each flight leg.
China and the Americas are key markets for Qatar Airways Cargo, with many of the major industrial and manufacturing centres in the Guangdong province of China located on the West/Macau side of the Pearl River Delta.
Electronics, garments and e-commerce goods are the major commodities exported out of Macau, while imports into Macau consists primarily of consumer goods. The transpacific flights also increase capacity to and from North America, the carrier adds.
Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Guillaume Halleux, says: “We have launched our newest freighter destination, Macau, just in time for the holiday season when air freight demand is high and the market is strong.
“The new services will connect manufacturing industries and exporters from the region to North America directly and quickly, without requiring a stopover at our hub in Doha. The launch of these services demonstrates our commitment to our customers in helping their businesses grow, while also enabling us to expand our presence in these key regions.”
Qatar Airways Cargo offers cargo solutions for the air freight of a wide variety of products, including livestock, dangerous goods, valuables, vulnerable goods, automobiles, perishables, oversized cargo and general cargo. The cargo carrier offers QR Charter for bespoke charter requirements, utilising its most modern fleet of Boeing B777s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 747 freighters.
Its portfolio of distinctive products currently includes QR Pharma, QR Fresh, QR Live and QR Express, offering efficiency and compliance in the handling of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and perishable cargo, transportation of live animals as well as time-critical shipments. Last month, the cargo carrier received two Boeing 777 freighters. Thanks to ongoing fleet expansion, a growing global network and cargo revenue and tonnages rising each year, Qatar Airways Cargo is now the second largest cargo carrier in the world.