DOHA: April 03, 2017. Qatar Airways has begun a weekly A330 freighter service to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The majority of the uplift will be garments - representing the largest portion of the country's manufacturing sector and 80 percent of its exports.
Currently the airline carries more than 70 tonnes of bellyhold cargo a week via daily widebody passenger flights to Phnom Penh via Ho Chi Minh City from Doha.
"This is our fifth freighter destination launched this year, in tandem with our increased fleet size," said Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer Cargo. "Intra-Asia air cargo has grown over the years, and we have observed substantial migration of manufacturing trade from China to Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam.
"Leveraging our extensive network of more than 70 cities in Africa, Europe and the Americas, we are in the lead to provide our customers in the Southeast Asia region adequate capacity, flexibility and world-class air freight solutions via our state-of-the-art Doha hub," he added.
Offering Qatar Cargo some competition between Africa and Europe is Ethiopian Airlines that has just begun new B777 freighter services to Milan and Zaragoza, Spain from its hub at Addis Ababa (right).
Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam noted: "While we are on the eve of the inauguration of the first phase of our state of the art cargo terminal, the addition of these cargo routes will further strengthen trade and commercial ties between Africa and Europe."