Qatar’s new SFO service gives belly cargo a boost

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San Francisco (SFO) becomes Qatar Airways’ newest gateway, with four weekly flights operated by A350-900 aircraft and adding 60 tonnes of weekly belly hold capacity each way from 15 December.

The addition of flights to San Francisco adds a new route to the Qatar Airways Cargo network, bringing its total of US destinations to 11.

The SFO service also increases Qatar Airways’ current network in the US to 55 weekly flights across nine gateways. It also represents the fifth new destination launched by the carrier since the start of the pandemic – from 15 December 2020.

Throughout the pandemic, Qatar Airways continued operations to the US with flights to both Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth during the entire period.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, says: “We are thrilled to welcome San Francisco as our newest destination, and our ninth current gateway in the US. As we navigate the crisis, we have made it a priority to not only reinstate our existing destinations and be the airline travellers can rely on, but to also grow our network and increase connectivity with new and relevant destinations.

The addition of San Francisco will build onto Qatar Airways’ current service to the US, including Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington, DC (IAD). By mid-December, the carrier will fly 55 weekly flights to nine destinations in the US connecting onwards to hundreds of American cities through its strategic partnerships with American Airlines and JetBlue.

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