Qatar Airways to Increase Frequency of Freighter Flights to LAX
Qatar Airways will be increasing the frequency its freighter flights in an out of Los Angeles International Airport to daily frequency beginning January 19.
The airline recently increased that frequency from three times to five times per week.
Qatar Airways also recently inaugurated daily a new daily, non-stop passenger service between LAX and Hamad International Airport in Doha, which started January 1. The new route features the airline’s Boeing 777-200 and represents Qatar Airways’ first passenger service to the west coast of the United States.
Cargo represents 26 percent of the airlines’ revenue, according to its CEO, Akbar Al Baker, who spoke at a press conference in Los Angeles earlier this week.
“Each freighter provides 100 tons of capacity per flight,” said Al Baker.
The airline is carrying cargo in the belly of its LAX passenger flights as well. Al Baker refused to specify what kind of cargo Qatar is carrying in and out of LAX, but allowed that much of the cargo is transshipped through the airline’s hub in Doha to and from the Indian subcontinent and east Asia.
“We are the world’s third largest cargo airliner,” said Al Baker. “We are growing to become number one.”
Qatar Airways Cargo serves more than 40 freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330s, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
Qatar’s passenger operations already serve New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, and Houston. The expansion to LAX is the first of three new U.S. destinations planned for 2016, along with Boston on March 16 and Atlanta on June 1.
Al Baker dismissed efforts by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines who called for an investigation against Qatar Airways for violations of U.S. open skies policies on the grounds that it is receiving subsidies from the Qatar government.
“Qatar Airways is not subsidized,” he said. “The government of Qatar has injected money into the airline as equity. The State of Qatar owns 100 percent of the airline.”
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