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Page 8 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOV 2015 Continued from page 3. As already reported, Sydney will make its network debut on March 1 and Adelaide on May 2; both will be daily. Other new ports to be launched in the next few months include Nagpur, Durban and Ras Al Khaimah. Birming- ham has just been announced as a further UK port from March 30 2016, joining London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh. And freighter ports are also increas- ing, notably in India. Another Qatar Airways Cargo prod- uct, QR Pharma continues to expand as further ports on the global network are certified as being fully compliant with the needs of this exacting but profita- ble sector. More freighters are on the way late this year and then deliveries are spread throughout 2016, Al Baker noted. The current freighter fleet stands at 15: Six A332, eight B772 and one leased B744 that handles oversize cargo and is facilitating growth of the carrier’s charter product. Further freighters are on order, along with some options. The seventh and eighth A332F air- craft will arrive in December this year and next March respectively, while the B772F fleet will have its ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th deliveries in June, July and October 2016, then March 17. That will bring the total freighter fleet to 21 by 2017. An impressive 11-stand flight line outside the cur- rent terminal is already very busy but efficiencies are such that turnaround is rapid and even the bigger fleet will cause little over-crowding. Al Baker didn’t want to specify longer-term freighter acquisitions and deliveries. The new cargo terminal will be close to the existing facility which has an annual capacity of 1.4 million tonnes. Its 110,000sqm multi-deck layout will allow handling of up to three million tonnes annually. “Having the ability to handle 4.4 million tonnes of cargo a year will put Qatar Airways Cargo into another league and enhance the efficiency and service already offered,” said Ulrich Ogiermann, chief officer cargo. Al Baker nodded. The cargoport Hamad International Airport. Loading horses on a QR freighter. would not be standing still even then, he mused. More expansion was inev- itable as the airline and its home port thrived together. Doha would be a huge cargo hub, he pointed out, talking of a possible seven million tonnes throughput. “I don’t think there will be any other airport with a cargo capacity likely to reach that.” On the web: www.qrcargo.com B744 for oversize cargo and extra charter capacity QATAR Airways Cargo is focused on two types of freighter, the A332 and B772. That won’t change, said group chief executive Akbar Al Baker. But a B744 freighter in all-white livery is also to be seen on the cargo terminal stands at Hamad International Airport. Leased from Turkish operator MyCargo Airlines it was introduced in August for two reasons, explained Al Akbar: To give the company oversized cargo capabilities and to add more flexibility in the charter market, given that most of QR’s freighter fleet is heavily committed to line-haul opera- tions. Not having oversize capacity “gave opportunities for competitors to fill,” said Al Baker. The current aircraft is a BCF side-loader but it will be replaced shortly by an ERF nose-loader, also from MyCargo. This will deliver even more scope for QR Charter. “Qatar Airways Cargo is experi- encing increased worldwide demand for quality charter services as well as growing local demand with significant infrastructure projects under way in Qatar that require outsized cargo ca- pacity,” noted Ulrich Ogiermann, chief cargo officer. QAtA r Airways Cargo is achiev- ing 98 per cent e-AWB enable- ment through its Doha hub and growing the electronic documen- tation at other ports. Ensuring this is sustainable and adding to the efficiency so sought-after by company executives, Qr is using CroAMis which group chief ex- ecutive Akbar Al Baker describes as “next generation cargo man- agement”. We’ll be looking at this in a later report. Network expansion ...