Doha - The embargo of neighboring Gulf countries helped Qatar Airways to improve cargo business. It seems to be going so well now that the airline management is thinking about replacing the young A330 Freighters in the fleet with the larger Boeing 777F planes.
Qatar Airways Cargo currently operates Eight Airbus A330F. The five of them already owned by the company and three leased from the BOC aviation.
Qatar's own A330Fs are only between two and four years old. The three leased aircraft will be returned to BOC Aviation by Qatar Airways at the end of the contract term in 2019.
And the other five?
I can not hide that we are considering removing them from the fleet,told to CAPA Qatar Airways Cargo boss Guillaume Halleux.
Qatar Airways expects two out of three Boeing 777F ordered by the end of 2018. If all open orders are met, Qatar Airways will then have sixteen 777F in its cargo fleet. In April 2018, the airline also signed a letter of intent with Boeing for another five 777F.
Boeing's open orders for the 777F exceed the number of Airbus A330Fs ever built (43 devices in total). The hopes of the European aircraft manufacturer to position the A330 on the freight market seem to be slowly dwindling. Etihad has parked its A330F aircraft since the beginning of the year as well.