Qatar Airways orders five 777 freighters for US$1.8 billion
QATAR Airways has placed an order to purchase five additional 777 freighters from Boeing at the Paris Air Show, reports Mumbai's Stat Trade Times
QATAR Airways has placed an order to purchase five additional 777 freighters from Boeing at the Paris Air Show, reports Mumbai's Stat Trade Times.
The deal valued at US$1.8 billion at list prices was signed in the presence of Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Qatari minister of transport and communications.
Said Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker: 'I am very pleased that Qatar Airways has signed this landmark order for five new Boeing 777 freighters to add to our cargo fleet. It will increase our 777 freighter fleet 20 per cent. This is an order that will propel our growth and confirm us as the leading cargo operator in the world.'
Qatar Airways has rapidly grown its air cargo operations to serve more than 60 global destinations, becoming one of the top international air freight operators in the world.
The latest freighter deal builds on the airline's 777 freighter order book as the aircraft has become the backbone of Qatar Airways freighter fleet. It currently operates 23 freighters, including 16 B777 freighters.
Said Boeing commercial airplanes chief Kevin McAllister: '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.'
The 777 freighter is the world's largest and most capable twin-engine freighter. It can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometres) with a payload of 224,900 lbs (102,010 kilogrammes). Its long-range translates into significant savings as fewer stops mean lower landing fees, less congestion, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times, said the report.