Air, Freight News

Qatar Airways Cargo’s 1st charter freighter arrives at LCK

[ September 15, 2017   //   ]

Qatar Airways Cargo touched down at Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) in Columbus, Ohio on September 13 loaded with garments for fashion retailer, L Brands. The mid September arrival marked Qatar Airways Cargo’s first charter freighter service.

The cargo carrier is providing bespoke airfreight solutions to transport products for American fashion retailer, L Brands.

The first flight earlier this month, saw over 100 tonnes of garments in collaboration with one of its major customers, Expo Freight (EFL), headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

“We appreciate the trust that EFL has placed in us to deliver this special air charter. Our extensive cargo network, young and modern fleet of 20 freighters and our expertise in freight charters are the competitive advantages that enable us to customize our connectivity and services to most of the airports in the world,” said Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann.

The garments were flown on a Boeing 777 Freighter from Colombo to LCK for L Brands, formerly known as Limited Brands.

“As a customer centric company, we are honored to have collaborated with Qatar Airways Cargo on this special charter service for L Brands,” said Hanif Yusoof, Founder and Chairman at EFL. “This serves as a great example of logistic providers and airlines working together to tailor solutions that benefit supply chain customers. We look forward to increasing our engagement with carriers and customers, developing more customized solutions that are both timely and effective.”

The apparel industry is the most significant and dynamic contributor to Sri Lanka’s economy and is the primary foreign exchange earner, accounting for 40 per cent of the country’s total exports. The industry has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past four decades. The majority of apparel exports, including sportswear, lingerie, loungewear, bridal wear, workwear, swimwear and children’s wear, are destined to the US and Europe, regions where Qatar Airways Cargo has an extensive network.

Through its twice weekly Airbus A330 freighters and five times daily flights out of Colombo, the cargo carrier offers customers over 460 tonnes of cargo capacity from Sri Lanka each week, connecting local production companies to major import markets in Europe and the Americas, via the state-of-the-art hub in Doha.

The Boeing 777 freighter shipment marks Qatar Airways Cargo’s first charter service to LCK and demonstrates how the carrier’s world-wide network opens global connection opportunities for other businesses in the region.