Qatar Airways Cargo is set to begin a dedicated freight services to India through the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad from April 1.

As part of its global expansion, the carrier on Monday announced scheduled dedicated freighter services to two new destinations-- Hyderabad (India) and London Stansted (UK). It is also re-starting services to Zaragoza (Spain).

Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, said: “Our goal is to be a world-class air cargo service provider and in order to achieve that goal, we need to constantly increase frequencies and expand our number of destinations, so that our customers can benefit from our global reach.”

He said the carrier was also taking delivery of three new freighter aircraft during the year-- two B777F and one A330-F—which would be used for the new services.

Hyderabad will be the first new destination to be added to the Qatar Airways Cargo network using the A330 freighter. Main exports from Hyderabad will include IT products and pharmaceuticals.

Qatar Airways already operates a daily passenger flight between Doha and Hyderabad.

From May 2, Qatar Airways Cargo will begin five weekly Boeing 777 freighter flights to London Stansted. Renowned for its operational capacity and infrastructure quality, Stansted is one of the largest freight hubs in the UK and home to an international cargo operation that transports more than 200,000 tonnes of goods annually to destinations worldwide.

(This article was published on March 3, 2014)
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