Qatar Airways Cargo has resumed scheduled
belly-hold cargo operations to China.
Using passenger aircraft, the additional cargo
capacity is being added to the carrier’s existing freighter
service amid increased demand for the shipment of immediate goods
in and out of the region, including the transportation of urgent medical relief
aid that is
pivotal to the global fight against the COVID19 pandemic.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Baker, said, “We are pleased to resume belly-hold cargo operations
to China where the COVID19 pandemic has been significantly
contained and industrial production is restoring nationwide. In
addition to our dedicated freighter service, the extra belly-hold
availability leveraging the flexibility and reliability of our
fleet will greatly enhance our cargo handling capacity in China to
support market’s soaring demand for imports and exports, including
the urgent outbound shipment of essential commodities, fresh
produce, food products, and large proportion of medical supplies
to other parts of the world that are currently facing the public
The belly-hold cargo flights will be operated
on a turnaround basis assuming the routes’ previously assigned
flight numbers and frequencies, without any cabin crew members or
The belly-hold service to Beijing,
Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou, with an additional 600 tonnes of weekly capacity, bringing the
combined weekly capacity out of the country to more than 1300 tonnes.
After P.R.C. State Council’s announcement on 24 March
to boost the nation’s international airfreight capabilities,
stabilise supply chains and enhance cooperation with global
airlines, Qatar Airways is the first Middle Eastern carrier to
resume belly-hold operations to all of its destinations in China
by repurposing the passenger-configurated jets from its modern
fleet for cargo transportation.