Qatar Airways Cargo, a leading air cargo carrier, has launched biweekly freighter flights from Huntsville, USA to Doha, Qatar in conjunction with DSV as part of a strategic partnership, enhancing North America’s connectivity to Europe, Middle East and beyond, effective Sept. 7, 2023.
The route, named by DSV as the “Gateway Star”, will see twice weekly Boeing 777 freighters operating from Felipe Ángeles International Airport in Mexico to Huntsville and arriving in Doha via Luxembourg. The freighters from Huntsville will operate on Thursdays and Sundays every week, offering 200 tonnes of capacity.
Elisabeth Oudkerk, SVP cargo sales and network planning at Qatar Airways Cargo added: “We are excited by this new partnership with DSV. This strategic initiative not only expands DSV’s market reach, but also establishes a direct scheduled service from Mexico City to Europe, Middle East and beyond via the strategic hubs of Huntsville, U.S and Luxembourg.”
Mads Ravn, executive vice president at DSV, expresses his enthusiasm for this milestone achievement: "Our partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo signifies a remarkable leap forward. This new air freight service underscores our unwavering commitment to revolutionizing logistics and ushering unparalleled connectivity to our valued clients. By collaborating with Qatar Airways Cargo, we not only extend our market presence but also create avenues for seamless access to the Middle East with a keen focus on boosting our oil and gas vertical."
The major exports from Huntsville that will be carried on Qatar Airways Cargo flights are auto parts for various manufacturers in Europe along with perishables and cars from Mexico. With the addition of Huntsville, Qatar Airways Cargo now serves 22 destinations in the Americas with freighter and passenger belly-hold flights, providing a combined weekly cargo capacity of over 5,500 tonnes.