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Qatar Airways Cargo Completes Retirement of Boeing 747F

Our Bureau - : Mar 6, 2024 - : 6:35 pm

Qatar Airways Cargo marked the conclusion of its Boeing 747F operations as the airline prioritizes environmentally sustainable practices. The final flight of the Boeing 747F, registered as A7-BGB, concluded its commercial cargo service with QR Cargo, landing in Doha at 15:00 local time on Friday, 01 March 2024, after departing from Barcelona.

A7-BGB joined the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet on 26 September 2017, serving for seven years. During this period, these iconic freighter aircraft were utilized on over 9,000 flights, accumulating more than 66,000 block hours and collectively transporting almost 800,000 tonnes of cargo.

Among its notable destinations, Incheon stood out with 1,165 flights served, followed by Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Guangzhou, which were also among the top 10 destinations.

The Boeing 747 freighters of Qatar Airways Cargo played a crucial role in transporting various goods internationally, ranging from up to 30 racing cars to 90 thoroughbred racehorses in one flight. Moreover, during the pandemic, these aircraft contributed significantly by transporting PPE and medical equipment worldwide, especially at a time when a significant portion of the global aircraft fleet was grounded.

“When we welcomed our Boeing 747 freighters to the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet seven years ago, we were responding to a sharp rise in customer demand for capacity, which we were quickly able to fulfil,” said Mark Drusch, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo. “Our Next Generation freighter strategy is based both on evolving customer expectations and our firm commitment on sustainability and efficiency. Efficiency is achieved through fleet harmonization and simplification, and sustainability is improved by the latest in-flight and fuel technology.”

“For these important factors, Qatar Airways Cargo is the launch customer for Boeing’s next-generation 777-8F freighter, the most fuel-efficient, lowest carbon footprint freighter in the cargo industry. We are committed to the most modern and cleanest freighter fleet in the industry,” he added.

The airline has placed a firm order for 34 Boeing 777-8Fs, with an option for 16 more, to complement its existing fleet of 27 Boeing 777 Freighters, with the 28th 777F set to join the fleet in mid-March. Equipped with advanced technology systems, airframes, and engines, the 777-8 Freighter is poised to become the most efficient, largest long-range, and most capable twin-engine widebody freighter in the industry. It is anticipated to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 30% compared to the 747-8.

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