Qatar Airways Cargo and Expo Freight Logistics (EFL) have signed a partnership to transport garments from Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to New York.
The carrier will utilise a Boeing 777 Freighter on the weekly service and the agreement has been made through Qatar’s QR Charter Services product.
More than 100 tonnes of garments will be moved from Dhaka and the first freighter was loaded on 13 May and it will continue for the next 12 months.
Qatar Airways chief officer for cargo, Guillaume Halleux said: “We are proud of our partnership with EFL and appreciate this long-term relationship, which demonstrates the trust placed by EFL in our services. 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.”
The majority of apparel exports out of Dhaka on the freighters consist of sportswear, lingerie, loungewear, bridal wear, workwear, swimwear and children’s wear, and will be transported to New York to major retailers in the United States.
Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of readymade garments and it is the country’s largest source for export earnings. To provide a global market access to local exporter.
EFL founder and chairman, Hanif Yusoof added: “We are pleased to announce this new service from Dhaka for our USA customers. 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.
“I would like to thank the team at Qatar Airways Cargo for their continued support and we look for ward to developing more customised solutions for our key customers.”
Qatar Airways Cargo operates seven weekly freighters from Dhaka to a vast networkof more than 150 destinations via Doha. It also offers space on three-times daily widebody passenger flights, offering a combined capacity of over 900 tonnes out of Bangladesh each week for local exports.
The carrier’s QR Charter service utilises two Boeing 747-8s, 13 Boeing 777 sand eight Airbus A330 freighters. The cargo carrier’s charter product posted a 41 per cent increase in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17.