Qatar Airways has announced an order for two Boeing 777 Freighters at the 2011 Dubai Air Show, in a deal which Boeing values at $560 million at current list prices.
The two aircraft will increase Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 Freighter fleet to eight when delivered.
“As we accelerate efforts to boost our global cargo network, we are expanding our fleet with airplanes like the Boeing 777 Freighter that allow us to deliver cargo further and more efficiently than ever before,” says Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways.
“The 777 Freighter has already proven itself with its impressive operating economics and is a critical component of our cargo fleet, enabling the launch of three new dedicated freighter services to Atlanta, Houston and Toronto, from our hubs in Doha and Luxembourg,” adds Al Baker.
Qatar Airways currently operates 28 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16 777-300ERs, three 777 Freighters and nine 777-200LRs.
The airline recently took delivery of its 100th aircraft, which was a Boeing 777-200LR.
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve more than 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of more than 120 aircraft. The airline currently has a fleet of 100 aircraft flying to more than 100 destinations.
“Qatar Airways’ decision to invest in expanding its 777 Freighter fleet is an important endorsement for the aircraft from one of the world’s fastest growing airlines,” says Marty Bentrott, vice president, sales – Middle East, Russia, Central Asia for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Qatar Airways’ expansion strategy is clearly built on the principle of delivering cargo efficiently from one point to another and its choice of the 777 Freighter, with its unparalleled capabilities, reflects that.”
With high-cargo density and 10-foot (3.1-meter) interior height capability that complements the 747 freighter family, the 777 freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 225,200 pounds (102 metric tons).
The Boeing 777 Freighter is powered by two General Electric GE90-110B1L engines and meets QC2 noise standards.
The 777 Freighter is based on the Boeing 777-200LR, which Qatar Airways operates on ultra-long-haul passenger routes from Doha to Houston, Melbourne, Montreal, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.