DOHA, Qatar - On 1 December 2013 at 22:00, the first Qatar Airways Cargo shipment was received at the new Hamad International Airport. The shipment for Qatar Petroleum was transferred from Europe to Doha.
The new cargo terminal, which is one of the largest in the world, has the capacity to move 5,700 shipments simultaneously and to handle 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per annum by 2015, representing a 75% increase from the current airport.
“Today marks a historic moment not just for Hamad International Airport but also for Qatar Airways Cargo,” said the Qatar Airways spokesperson. “The cargo terminal complex at HIA will play a significant role in expanding our global cargo business and propels Doha as the preferred cargo hub in the region, as a result of its sophisticated cargo infrastructure and capacity.”
Qatar Airways added: “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Qatar is in a solid position to become a major international gateway. A modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure cargo is key to achieving this objective.”
The new cargo terminal is built over 77,000 square metres across two levels.
It comprises a separate aircraft parking apron with 11 wide-body aircraft stands, as well as 42 loading docks, a live animal centre, a dangerous goods area and a perishable storage area, making it conducive to handle large and varied cargo shipments.
The landside area of the cargo terminal contains 32 truck-loading facilities to ensure the efficient transfer of cargo in and out of Qatar, with full X-ray screening systems in place to support the airport’s important focus on maximum security in the transportation of people and cargo.
The terminal is also highly automated for increased cargo efficiency. HIA’s Cargo Terminal has an automated storage and retrieval system to swiftly locate and process up to 1,000 Unit Load Devices (ULDs) at a time.
About Qatar Airways Cargo:
Qatar Airways Cargo serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 130 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 125 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet currently includes three Airbus A330F and five Boeing 777 Freighters. At the recent Dubai Airshow 2013, Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft. Also included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options, for a total of 13 aircraft.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft. On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways will join the oneworld global alliance. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.