Qatar Airways has placed a fresh order for six Boeing 777 aircraft valued at US$1.7 billion at list prices. The announcement was made at a press conference on the opening day of the Paris Air Show.
The agreement was signed by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and Boeing Commercial President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Albaugh.
Qatar Airways’ Boeing fleet stands at 25 aircraft – 15 777-300ERs, eight Boeing 777-200LRs and two 777 freighters. The airline’s current total fleet size is a mix of 98 Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier aircraft.
Addressing international media, Al Baker said; “The Boeing 777 has become the flagship long-haul aircraft in our fleet and, since we started taking delivery of this aircraft in 2007, we have been able to open up exciting new diverse routes around the world.
“With its payload and range capability, reliability and economics, the Boeing 777 has met our high expectations, operating to cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific non-stop from our hub city of Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar.
“With an already strong international network of over 100 destinations, we continuously look at new opportunities, expanding our global international reach by introducing more non-stop routes and increasing frequency on existing services. The Boeing 777 continues to play a key role in our route expansion decision-making process.”
In November 2007, Qatar Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 777 – part of an order for 32 passenger and cargo triple sevens. Exercise options subsequently increased the order to 40 aircraft, of which 15 are pending delivery.