Paris, FRANCE – 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.
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 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: June 29 Debut in Canada with introduction of thrice-weekly flights
- MEDINA, Saudi Arabia: July 14 4-flights-a-week – airline’s fourth Saudi Arabian gateway
- KOLKATA, India: July 27 Daily flights take airline’s Indian network up to 12 destinations
- SOFIA, Bulgaria: September 14: 4-flights-a-week strengthen Eastern European presence
- OSLO, Norway: October 5: 5-flights-a-week – airline’s third Scandinavian route
- ENTEBBE, Uganda: November 2: Daily non-stop flights
- BAKU, Azerbaijan: November 30: Daily non-stop flights
- TBILISI, Georgia, November 30: Daily via Baku
Qatar Airways has orders worth over US$ 40 billion for more than 200 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s, A320 Family of aircraft and Bombardier corporate jets. The rapid expansion of Qatar Airways prompted the State of Qatar to embark on one of its biggest projects – the construction of a brand new international airport in Doha, which is scheduled to open in 2012. For more information on Qatar Airways, visit www.qatarairways.com
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