At the 2011 Paris Airshow on June 20, Qatar Airways revealed it exercised options earlier this year on six Boeing 777-300ERs, in a deal that Boeing values at $ 1.7 billion at list prices.
Qatar Airways currently operates 25 Boeing jets: eight ultra-long range 777-200LRs, 15 777-300ERs and two long-range 777 Freighters.
“We are expanding our international network rapidly and adding new routes and destinations that will extend Qatar Airways’ reach across the globe, especially as we aim to open up more non-stop routes to popular and under-served cities around the world,” says Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO. “We currently have 25 Boeing 777s in our fleet and its payload and range capability, reliability and economics have made this aircraft the backbone of our long-haul fleet.”
In November 2007, Qatar Airways took delivery of the first aircraft in a 32-aircraft Boeing 777 order. Exercise of options subsequently increased the order to 40 aircraft, of which 15 are pending delivery.
The newly announced Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER order, made in 2011, was previously accounted for on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website as being for an unidentified customer.