MIAMI — Qatar Airways Cargo announced today that it will begin scheduled freighter service to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania beginning October 11, 2017. The route will be served twice per week with Boeing 777 freighter (777F) equipment, offering close to 200 metric tons of weekly cargo capacity and will fly aDoha-Luxembourg-Atlanta-Pittsburgh-Luxembourg-Doha routing. Qatar Airways becomes the first international airline to launch cargo service to Pittsburgh, and the Western Pennsylvania metropolis becomes the fifth freight destination launched by Qatar Airways this year.

“Qatar Airways is proud to be supporting the US economy by opening yet another major US commercial region to global markets, said CEO Akbar Al Baker,  “Our business strategy is…to provide global air freight connectivity that benefits the city, region, and state. In doing so, we support the regional economy, create jobs, help grow local businesses and increase export capacity.”

“We believe that air freight is a key enabler of international trade,” added Ulrich Ogiermann (Chief Officer Cargo), “Through the announcement of Pittsburgh as our thirteenth freighter destination in the Americas, we have taken our commitment to the business community, freight forwarders and shippers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to a new level.”Currently, Qatar Airways Cargo carrier operates seventeen belly and freighter destinations in the Americas: Halifax, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Pittsburgh, United States.

For Pittsburgh, the new route comes in the wake of a $1.1 billion redevelopment project that will feature a new landside building and a consolidated main concourse. Because of Pittsburgh’s decades-long status as a hub for airlines like Allegheny and US Airways, infrastructure at the airport is set up to handle much more freighter volume than it does, and it is in a prime location for connectivity to both the Northeast and the Midwest.

Qatar Airways Cargo currently serves seventeen belly and freighter destinations in the Americas including Halifax, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Pittsburgh, United States. The cargo arm of the Middle Eastern giant has also invested heavily in the new global hub at Doha. At Hamad, Qatar Airways offers specialized handling for a wide variety of product categories: express products, livestock, valuables, perishables, oversized cargo plus general cargo that require air freight carriage. Its portfolio also includes QR Pharma for pharmaceuticals, QR Fresh for perishables, QR Live for live animals, QR Express for time-sensitive cargo, and QR Charter offering cost-effective global charter solutions.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: QATAR AIRWAYS.