Qatar Airways Cargo to introduce first 747 freighter to facilitate growing demand
Qatar Airways Cargo will introduce the first 747 freighter to its expanding fleet this week in order to further enha...
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Qatar Airways Cargo will introduce the first 747 freighter to its expanding fleet this week in order to further enhance its global on-demand charter services.
The B747-400BCF will complement the cargo airline’s expanding freighter fleet providing 112.5 tonnes of capacity dedicated to worldwide charter services. The aircraft is well known for its loading flexibility and with a wide side cargo door the B747F can be loaded quickly and easily, irrespective of whether the load is made up of standard containers and pallets, or outsized cargo.
Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann said: “Qatar Airways Cargo is experiencing increased worldwide demand for quality charter services as well as growing local demand with significant infrastructure projects under way in Qatar that require outsized cargo capacity. The addition of the B747 freighter will also provide greater flexibility to our global network by supplementing our existing scheduled services as and when required.”
The airline will welcome a B747-400F with a nose loading door to its fleet in October 2015, replacing the B747BCF to provide even more flexibility to satisfy customers’ oversized cargo transportation demands.
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One of the largest palletised cargo aircraft available in the market, the 747F will provide belly freight capacity and main cargo deck capacity with 39 ULD positions. The pressurised cargo cabin means that the aircraft is suitable to transport freight of all kinds and can provide a temperature control range from 4° to 30° degrees Celsius. Livestock and horses, perishables, heavy machinery, oversized equipment, oil and gas equipment, and humanitarian and relief aid can all be transported worldwide on this aircraft, which is suitable for long haul cargo flights of up to 10 hours.
The QR Charter service offers quality, reliable and cost effective global charter solutions to any part of the world, including full, split and combination charter services. The carrier’s dedicated Charter team delivers a high level of customer service and communication with proven experience across an increasing portfolio of charter services satisfying customer requirements.
Qatar Airways Cargo is the world’s fifth largest airfreight airline and operates one of the most modern fleets in the sky with eight B777Fs and six A330Fs. The airline recently announced a firm order for four B777 Freighters at the Paris Air Show on 18 June, this is in addition to an existing order for four B777Fs and two firm A330Fs with options for a further eight.
The cargo airline operates from its state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport, where its cargo terminal is one of the largest in the world. Operating an advanced air cargo handling system, the cargo complex has a capacity to process 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per year and can accommodate 11 wide-body freighters with 42 airside loading docks to facilitate the swift and efficient transfer of cargo in to and out of Qatar.
Qatar Airways Cargo serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 140 key business and leisure destinations globally on 162 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330 and eight Boeing 777 freighters. At the Paris Airshow 2015, Qatar Airways placed a firm order for four B777 Freighters in addition to the four B777Fs ordered at the Farnborough Airshow 2014.
For further information, visit: http://www.qatarairways.com/global/en/latest-press-releases.page
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
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