Qatar Airways Cargo announced that it has received its latest Boeing 777 freighter in Doha (Qatar) on the 19th of March 2017, taking its total freighter fleet count to 21.

Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo said: “The arrival of our newest Boeing 777 freighter comes at a time when we are consciously strategising our freighter network expansion this year, above and beyond the unprecedented demand and growth in our charter services. Through our expanding fleet of 21 freighters, we offer increased capacity and flexibility to our customers, providing them access to any major air trade markets across the world.”

According to Qatar Airways Cargo, the Boeing 777 freighter has the longest range of any twin-engined freighter and is based around the B777- 200 Long Range aircraft operating on the airline’s ultra long-haul routes. With a payload capacity of 102 metric tonnes, the B777F is capable of flying 9,070 km.

Qatar Airways announced that it has leased the first of four A350 aircraft from LATAM, a South American airline, for terms of 6- to 12-months, in order to meet its operational plan for the year, as well as increasing customer demand.

Qatar Airways Cargo operates the Boeing 777 freighters on long-haul routes to the Americas, Europe, the Far East, Asia and some destinations in Africa. The cargo carrier offers QR Charter, utilising its most modern fleet of Boeing B777s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 747 freighters.

The airline will receive another Boeing 777 freighter later this year, increasing its freighter fleet to a total of 22 aircraft by the end of 2017.

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