What: Join officials from Pittsburgh International Airport and Qatar Airways Cargo in celebrating the airport’s first scheduled international cargo flight. The Boeing 777 is the largest plane to serve PIT through regularly scheduled service. The fire department will greet the plane with a water salute upon arrival. Media will be permitted to go onto the cargo ramp to get close-up shots of the massive plane. There is no speaking program.
When: Thursday, Oct. 12. The flight is scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m. but media must arrive no later than 8:20 a.m. in order to be escorted onto the ramp for the landing.
Where: Media should meet at ACAA Field Maintenance Facility and then will be escorted onto the airfield. Do not report to the terminal. The Maintenance Facility is off of Business 376.
About: The twice weekly freighter takes off from Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays with stops at Luxembourg and Atlanta before arriving in Pittsburgh. On the return from Pittsburgh on Thursdays and Sundays, the freighter stops at Luxembourg before arriving into Doha. The introduction of freighters to Pittsburgh will inject an additional 200 tons of weekly capacity, offering businesses in the region and the state with a direct air freight uplift to the cargo carrier’s global network of over 150 destinations.
Directions: Follow the Parkway West and exit at Business 376. Follow to Hangar Road; turn left at the traffic light toward Airport Maintenance Facilities.
About Allegheny County Airport Authority:
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region. Its 2016 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at flypittsburgh.com/AR16.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 16 carriers. During the past two and a half years, the airport has increased its nonstop destinations more than 80 percent to include 68 airports. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast both named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016. In addition, TripAdvisor ranked Pittsburgh International Airport a Travelers’ Choice Favorite for Shopping in 2016.