Qatar Airways Sign Letter of Intent with Boeing for Five 777 Freighters
Qatar Airways and The Boeing Company have both signed a letter of intent for the order of five new Boeing 777 Freighters. The signing was completed at a ceremony attended by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister, Qatar Airways Chairman His Excellency Mr. Ali Sharif Al Emadi and His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive.
His Excellency Mr. Al Baker said, “The addition of five 777 Freighters is a significant moment for our cargo division, as the world’s third-largest cargo operator, Qatar Airways continues to invest in fleet expansion. This transaction will be a reinforcement of our confidence in Boeing to continue to deliver an outstanding product that meets our exacting standards. We expect no less than perfection, and we are confident that Boeing will continue to deliver that.”
The airline currently has a fleet of close to 100 Boeing widebody airplanes with a further 100 on order.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister said, “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways and we value their business and the positive impact on Boeing, our employees, suppliers and communities, we are honored that one of the world’s leading international cargo carriers recognizes the unmatched capabilities of the 777 Freighter to continue to lift their growing freight operations.”
The Boeing 777 freighter series has an operating range of 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) and can carry a payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg). Significant savings are made due to the airplane’s long-range such as shorter delivery times, fewer stops mean lower landing fees, lower cargo handling costs and less congestion.
Boeing provides 90 percent of the dedicated freighter capacity across the globe making them the air cargo market leader.