IAG, Qatar extend capacity partnership

IAG Cargo has announced a significant extension of its capacity partnership with Qatar Airways, one year on from the signing of their landmark freighter deal. In addition to an indefinite contract extension, IAG Cargo and Qatar Airways have created what they say is one of the broadest collaborations in the cargo industry by expanding the number of destinations the deal covers to nine routes.


IAG Cargo has announced a significant extension of its capacity partnership with Qatar Airways, one year on from the signing of their landmark freighter deal. In addition to an indefinite contract extension, IAG Cargo and Qatar Airways have created what they say is one of the broadest collaborations in the cargo industry by expanding the number of destinations the deal covers to nine routes.

A new Shanghai to Madrid service and a new feed from Islamabad to the IAG Cargo network have launched, representing this latest stage of the partnership. IAG Cargo is also increasing the capacity it books on the regional routes, covered by the Qatar Airways partnership.

Qatar Airways now operates nine routes on which IAG Cargo purchases capacity – Hong Kong to London and Madrid Mumbai to London; Dhaka to London; Pakistan (Karachi and Lahore) to three Middle Eastern points (Doha, Dubai and Kuwait); Delhi to London; Chennai to London; and now Shanghai to Madrid and Islamabad to Kuwait. “By connecting to IAG Cargo’s wider network through its London and Madrid hubs, today’s deal opens up valuable routes for businesses looking to trade between Asia, Europe and Latin America.

The deal will prove particularly beneficial in supporting flows of garments from Pakistan and consumer electronics from Shanghai,” IAG said.