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Qatar Airways Launches New Cargo Route to Sialkot

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways Cargo is adding yet another freighter service to its network with the launch of non-stop flights between the airline’s operational hub of Doha and Sialkot in north east Pakistan.

The new service, which begins tomorrow – October 27 – will operate every Monday using an Airbus A300-600 freighter and will capitalise on the city’s strong reputation for exporting high quality medical, sporting and leather goods.

Additionally, Sialkot, which is in Pakistan’s Punjab province and is one of the country’s most populated cities, is also famous for producing and exporting textiles due to its close proximity to Kashmir.

With such a high volume of products being exported from the city, Qatar Airways Cargo – the freighter arm of leading five-star airline Qatar Airways – saw the huge potential in operating a direct cargo service into Sialkot District, of which Sialkot is the capital city.

The addition of this new route takes the freighter network of Qatar Airways Cargo up to 20 destinations worldwide, including Lahore and Karachi in Pakistan. Other destinations from Doha are Algiers, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Chennai, Colombo, Dhaka, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Khartoum, Luxembourg, Milan, Nairobi, Sanaa, Tunis and Zaragoza.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker explained that with impressive growth of the passenger business over the years, there was now a concerted effort to build the airline’s cargo operations.

“This is the second new freighter service launched by Qatar Airways Cargo in the space of just two months having begun cargo flights to the Spanish city of Zaragoza in September,” he said.

“We now have plans to grow the number of freighters operated by Qatar Airways which will allow us to carry on adding to what is an already impressive international cargo network.

“We have a strong commitment to strengthen our cargo network as we explore diverse and exciting cities such as Sialkot, which has an established export business in the textile, surgical and sporting goods industries. Sialkot is a perfect addition to the airline’s already strong Pakistan network, where we have two other cargo and four passenger routes.”  

The Doha – Sialkot schedule, effective 27 October is:-

Depart Doha International Airport
Every Monday             QR6336 at 1020 hrs, arrive in Sialkot at 1650 hrs

Depart Sialkot International Airport
Every Monday             QR6337 at 1820 hrs, arrive in Doha at 1935 hrs

About Qatar Airways Cargo: Qatar Airways’ cargo fleet includes three dedicated Airbus A300-600 freighters. The airline currently has orders for seven Boeing 777 freighters, with deliveries due to begin in early 2009, further boosting the carrier’s cargo business.

The passenger and cargo hub of Doha is at the crossroads of East and West, connecting the markets of Europe to the Middle East, Far East, South Asia and Africa.

Qatar Airways Cargo is experienced in handling a variety of products, including time-sensitive and perishable items. With minimum trans-shipment times and huge warehouse facilities, the airport is well equipped as a fast and efficient cargo aviation hub delivering everything from fresh lobster and freshly cut flowers to racing cars and racehorses.

About Qatar Airways: Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. At the Farnborough Air Show in July, the airline also ordered six Airbus A321s. Qatar Airways is due to move to the New Doha International Airport in 2011, when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the sixth year running in 2008 and the airline was voted Best in the Middle East for the third year in a row following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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