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Qatar Airways Cargo and MASkargo Sign Comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding for Joint Cargo Business Operations

The two cargo carriers will now offer enhanced connectivity across both airlines’ global networks via their key hubs – Hamad International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Group and Malaysia Aviation Group have further expanded their long-standing relationship as oneworld partners by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Qatar Airways Cargo and MASkargo – the cargo airline and subsidiary of Malaysia Aviation Group – to deliver an enhanced product offering to cargo customers and help achieve operational synergies. This MoU follows the expanded codeshare agreement signed in 2022 between Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines to offer increased connectivity to their passengers.

With this strategic joint cargo business agreement, both cargo airlines will leverage each other’s network strengths and fleet capacity to increase cargo offerings. MASkargo customers will have access to the extensive global Qatar Airways Cargo network, while Qatar Airways Cargo customers will have access to the growing APAC market, including new destinations and additional capacity in existing stations.

The airlines will also be able to leverage both hubs, Hamad International Airport (DOH) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), as strategic stops to serve the combined network. This partnership is also enabled by the planned growth of Qatar Airways Cargo handling capabilities at its new and expanded Cargo Terminal in Doha.

Both airlines are also aligned in their growth strategies. As the launch customer of the Boeing 777-8 freighter, Qatar Airways Cargo has purchased 34 aircraft and has options for 16 more. Malaysian Airlines has obtained 20 new A330neo aircraft for passenger flights operations. The aircraft belly-hold capacity will be used for cargo purposes.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “Our new MoU with Malaysia Aviation Group is testament to our deepening relations with Malaysia and the integral APAC market. This strategic cooperation with our oneworld partner will serve to link our freighter and belly-hold networks with our cargo product offering and capacity, allowing us to further cement our relationship and foster the close links between our airlines.”

Group Managing Director of Malaysia Aviation Group, Captain Izham Ismail, said: “Expanding our partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo marks a significant milestone for MASkargo. This collaboration will not only enhance our product offering and operational capabilities but also solidify our position in the global cargo market. By leveraging each other's strengths, we are poised to deliver unparalleled service to our customers and achieve remarkable growth together.”

Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines launched their codeshare cooperation in 2004 and have significantly expanded the partnership in recent years, which today is comprised of 62 codeshare destinations in Malaysia, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas and Africa.

In 2022, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines signed a strategic MoU to further enhance the passenger airline partnership. The agreement facilitated an increase in choice of flights, wider destinations, and greater flexibility for passengers.


About MASkargo

MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) is the air cargo arm and subsidiary of Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), a global aviation organisation comprising three focused business portfolios from Airlines, Loyalty and Travel Solutions (LTS) and Aviation Services. MASkargo operates three A330-200F freighters from its home base in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. MASkargo offers a range of services in the air logistics trade, including belly space capacity, which services almost 100 destinations worldwide as well as warehouse facilities in KLIA, Penang International Airport, Kuching International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

About Qatar Airways Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading international air cargo carrier is based in Doha, State of Qatar. It serves a global network of more than 70 freighter destinations and 170 passenger destinations utilising freighters and belly-hold passenger aircraft. The airline’s freighter fleet includes 28 Boeing 777 freighters and 230 belly-hold planes. It also has an extensive road feeder service (RFS) network. The cargo airline is the launch customer for the innovative Boeing 777-8F featuring advanced technology, and a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency and emissions, with the first delivery arriving in 2027.

As a market leader, the cargo carrier provides high operating standards for the transportation of cargo, with considerable investments in digitalisation, products, facilities and services. Qatar Airways Cargo remains committed to sustainability and giving back to communities it serves through its sustainability programme WeQare, built on the key pillars of sustainability: environment, society, economy and culture.

With considerable investments in its products, services, quality handling, infrastructure, facilities, people and procedures at each of its destinations, the cargo carrier provides high operating standards for the transportation of cargo. Qatar Airways Cargo remains committed to sustainability and giving back to communities it serves through its sustainability programme WeQare, built on the key pillars of sustainability: environment, society, economy, and culture.

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Airline’ for the unprecedented eighth time at the 2024 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. Qatar Airways has been the World’s Best Airline in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2024. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, ‘World's Best Business Class’, ‘World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways was also recently voted the 'World’s Best Airline Website' by World Travel Tech Awards.

Qatar Airways was the first Airline in the Middle East to be certified to the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme, based on recognised environmental management system principles (such as ISO 14001). As an inaugural signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016, Qatar Airways became the first airline globally to be certified to the industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation.

Qatar Airways currently flies to over 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, the ‘World’s Best Airport’, as voted by Skytrax in 2021, 2022, and 2024. In 2024, Hamad International Airport also received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for 10 consecutive years, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second year in a row.

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