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Doha, Qatar - Qatar's flag carrier Qatar Airways has announced that it pushed back the plan of retiring its five Airbus A330-200 freighters to keep up with the rising demand for air cargo capacity during the global outbreak.

According to the original plan, the Qatari carrier was supposed to conduct a phased removal of the five freighters this year from April to November. The new plan is to keep those planes in the fleet as long as the demand for air cargo keeps maintains current levels.

The first Airbus A330-200F joined the Qatar Airways' cargo division in March 2013.

“A few of our Airbus A330-200 freighters that were due to leave the fleet are now being retained to keep up with demand until the crisis eases,”

said Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo, Qatar Airways.

“The plan was to progressively exit them, but under the current conditions, we would like to keep them until the end of this year. Meanwhile, we will continue to receive our five new B777 freighters that were supposed to replace the A330Fs,”

Halleux added.

Qatar Airways had placed a firm order for five Boeing 777 freighters at the Paris Air Show last year in June. These freighters are expected to join the Qatar Airways' fleet in 2020 and 2021.
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