Qatar gets its second 748F, says hold capacity sold out for 12 months


Qatar Cargo has announced that it has taken delivery of its second 748F.

Qatar received the first of two 748F’s in September, with group chief executive Akbar Al Baker suggesting that it could order more of the aircraft in the future.

He told the press conference that Qatar Airways was currently experiencing a cargo boom following the blockade imposed by neighbouring countries over the country’s alleged support for Middle East terrorist groups. Tonnage was currently up 160% compared with the same time last year, and the 748F’s were sold out for 12 months.

He was also confident that the carrier would continue to find a use for additional freighter capacity if and when the blockade ended, for example by serving additional markets or moving cargo from belly hold to freighter aircraft.

Although the aircraft are the first B748F’s in Qatar’s fleet, it’s been wet leasing a B744F from SW Italia. It also operates 12 777F’s and eight A332F’s.