Qatar Airways begins cargo flights to Hartsfield-Jackson
Airport staff welcomed Qatar Airways’ first flight into Hartsfield-Jackson in the predawn hours of November 3. The Doha, Qatar-based airline now is operating scheduled cargo service twice weekly into Hartsfield-Jackson.
The cargo flights by Qatar Airways are expected to have an estimated $12 million annual economic impact on metro Atlanta and to create up to 20 direct and indirect jobs.
Qatar Airways represents the first regular all-cargo service to Hartsfield-Jackson from the Middle East.
“The addition of Qatar Airways will further enhance our Airport’s reputation as a leading cargo airport,” Aviation General Manager Louis Miller said. “Hartsfield-Jackson offers a geographically desirable location for cargo carriers and freight forwarders that want to expand their global networks with lower operating costs. Companies readily can connect with air, road and railway transportation systems in Atlanta.”
Qatar Airways will operate Boeing 777 freighters on the route, which includes stops in Atlanta, Houston, Luxembourg and Doha.
In 2010, cargo operations at Hartsfield-Jackson increased by more than 17 percent over 2009. The North American average for cargo growth during that period was 13.2 percent. From January to June 2011, the Airport has moved 328,930 metric tons of cargo. International and domestic cargo both increased by 2 percent during the period over last year.
Hartsfield-Jackson has received several awards for its cargo operations, including Air Cargo Week’s Airport of the Year (2010, 2009) and Air Cargo World magazine’s Award of Excellence for the best North American cargo operations in its category (2010, 2009).
Qatar Airways arrives on November 3 to begin its twice-weekly cargo service to Hartsfield-Jackson.
Qatar Airways’ cargo flights are expected to have an estimated $12 million annual economic impact on metro Atlanta.
Jim Drinkard checks out the cockpit of the cargo freighter.
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