Tailor-made charter: Qatar Airways' fashion freighter from Dhaka to New York

Qatar Airways Cargo is providing Expo Freight Logistics (EFL) with a dedicated weekly Boeing 777 freighter service from Dhaka in Bangladesh to New York.

The flights, arranged through the Middle East carrier's QR Charter services, can transport more than 100 tonnes of garments on each flight. The new freighter service commenced on 13 May and will continue for a year.

Hanif Yusoof, founder and chairman of Sri Lanka-headquartered EFL, said: “Bangladesh has been a very attractive sourcing market for retailers and the development of better and faster supply chain solutions will further strengthen its reputation in the region.”

The majority of apparel exports out of Dhaka carried on the freighter charters consist of sportswear, lingerie, loungewear, bridal wear, workwear, swimwear and children’s clothing, all winging their way to major retailers in the US.

Qatar Airways Cargo also offers bellyhold space on three times a day widebody passenger flights out of Dhaka, offering a combined capacity of over 900 tonnes out of Bangladesh each week for local exports.

QR Charter is available on Qatar Airways Cargo’s fleet of two B747-8Fs, 13 B777Fs and eight Airbus A330Fs.

Qatar Airways chief officer cargo Guillaume Halleux said: “Our expertise in freight charters enables us to customise our connectivity and services for our customers to most of the airports in the world.

“Utilising our renowned QR Charter service, we are able to offer tailor-made cargo solutions to our business partners.”

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