Qatar Airways today announced a further boost to its Boeing 777 fleet, with a fresh order for six aircraft valued at US$1.7 billion at list prices.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker (left) with Boeing Commercial President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Albaugh
The announcement was made at a press conference on the opening day of the Paris Air Show, being held at Le Bourget, near the French capital.
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 of the 777-300ERs, eight Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft 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.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, pictured left, announces an order for six Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft, at a press conference on day one of the Paris Air Show. He is pictured with Boeing Commercial President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Albaugh.
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, operating to key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
So far this year, Qatar Airways has launched seven routes – Budapest, Bucharest, Brussels, Stuttgart, Aleppo, Shiraz and Venice – from Doha.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways' relentless expansion drive continues with the introduction of the following new destinations:
MONTREAL, Canada: 29 June Debut in Canada with introduction of thrice-weekly flights
MEDINA, Saudi Arabia: 14 July 4-flights-a-week – airline's fourth Saudi Arabian gateway
KOLKATA, India: 27 July Daily flights take airline's Indian network up to 12 destinations
SOFIA, Bulgaria: 14 September 4-flights-a-week strengthen Eastern European presence
OSLO, Norway: 5 October 5-flights-a-week – airline's third Scandinavian route
ENTEBBE, Uganda: 2 November Daily non-stop flights
BAKU, Azerbaijan: 30 November Daily non-stop flights
TBILISI, Georgia, 30 November Daily via Baku