Qatar Airways to Purchase Five Boeing 777 Freighters
One of the world’s leading air cargo carriers, Doha-headquartered, Qatar Airways Cargo recently announced a new commitment to purchase five additional Boeing 777 Freighters from the multinational aeroplanes manufacturer.
The new agreement has a list price of $1.8 billion and was announced at the recent Paris Air Show. His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications, was in attendance at the show and was there to witness the signing. As soon as the agreement is finalized, Boeing will post it on their Orders and Deliveries website.
CEO of the Qatar Airways Group, Akbar Al Baker said about the deal, “I am very pleased that Qatar Airways has today signed this landmark order for five new Boeing 777 Freighters to add to our cargo fleet, it will increase our 777 freighter fleet by a full 20 per cent, enabling us to further develop our business and offer new customers the chance to experience a truly first-class logistics service. This is an order that will propel our growth and, I firmly believe, confirm us as the leading cargo operator in the world.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, Kevin McAllister said, “Qatar Airways continues to implement a bold vision to be the world’s leading air cargo carrier, and we are thrilled that they have again chosen to build that future with the Boeing 777 Freighter. It is a great testament to the aeroplane’s unmatched capabilities,”
Mr. McAllister continued, “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways. We deeply appreciate their business and positive impact on Boeing, our employees, suppliers and communities.”
The 777 Freighter is the world’s largest and most capable twin-engine freighter. It can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) with a payload of 224,900 lbs (102,010 kg). The aeroplanes long-range translates into significant savings as fewer stops mean lower landing fees, less congestion, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.