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Thursday October 5, 2017

Why QR Added B747-8F

  Qatar Airways recently took delivery of the first of two new B747-8 freighters.
  We asked Qatar Airways Chief Cargo Officer Uli Ogiermann why Qatar chose that aircraft type where aircraft would fly.  
   Until recently, we had been leasing this aircraft type from third party suppliers so that we could offer solutions for out-of-gauge and high-volume movements mainly on a charter basis. 
   “We grew very quickly into this market segment and have consequently made the long term investment into full ownership. 
   “As Qatar Cargo builds a qualified pool of pilots, we will be deploying our aircraft on a very fixed pattern of routes that our customers tell us are the most critical, namely from Hong Kong to major European centers such as Frankfurt and Luxembourg.
   “At this time, we have no plans to add more B747-8F beyond the two aircraft entering our fleet this year.” 
   “ However,” Uli said, “we always maintain a watching brief on all market segments and stand ready to invest should our customers tell us that they see a clear need.”
   “The carrier added a twice-weekly freighter to Pittsburgh that starts October 11.
   “The freighters to Pittsburgh make history as Qatar Airways becomes the first international airline serving the Steel City with main deck cargo services.

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