Qatar Airways Cargo takes delivery of three brand new B777 freighters, bringing its total freighter fleet count to 30 aircraft. The Doha-based carrier now has a freighter fleet consisting of two B747Fs, 24 B777Fs and four A330Fs.
Qatar Cargo says it will introduce these freighters on its long haul scheduled routes and will also operate them as cargo charters, supporting global trade and the movement of time and temperature-sensitive goods.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, says of the delivery: “With the arrival of these new freighters, we are injecting much-needed capacity in the market helping support global supply chains at a critical time during the pandemic.
“The added capacity will enable us to support the logistics around the COVID-19 vaccination which is projected to be one of the greatest logistical challenges for the industry. The 777F’s fuel-efficiency, long-range and high capacity will support our airline to be more sustainable and operate additional non-stop flights to further destinations around the world, facilitating the movement of time and temperature-sensitive goods.
“With our investments in innovation and fleet, we are able to fulfil our customers’ logistical requirements and support the continuity of global trade.”
The Boeing Company senior VP Commercial Sales and Marketing, Ihssane Mounir, adds: “During these challenging times, Qatar Airways Cargo has been transporting humanitarian relief and medical goods to those in need and we are proud that their growing fleet of 777 freighters is supporting such a commendable effort. We deeply appreciate our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways and their confidence in the 777 freighters as the backbone of their expansive global air cargo operations.”
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, Qatar Cargo says it has been helping transport essential supplies, pharmaceuticals, perishables, and other vital cargo around the world through belly-hold cargo on passenger flights and freighters. It continued to operate its scheduled freighters while also operating more than 500 freight charters of relief goods, personal protective equipment, and medical aid to impacted countries, demonstrating its agility and resilience.
The cargo carrier has also worked closely with governments and NGOs to transport over 250,000 tonnes of medical and aid supplies to impacted regions around the world on both scheduled and charter services. This equates to roughly 2,500 fully loaded B777 freighters.
In addition, the cargo carrier has also converted six of its B777-300ER passenger aircraft to operate cargo-only flights, introducing an additional 137 cubic metres of cargo volume per flight over the lower deck cargo capacity of 156 cubic metres per flight.
The B777F has a revenue payload capability of more than 102 metric tonnes and can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kms) and carry a full payload of 102,010 kgs at general cargo market densities (more than 160kg per cubic metre), making it the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter.