Boeing has delivered Qatar Airways’ 100th airliner, a Boeing 777-200LR, at a ceremony at the manufacturer’s widebody assembly plant at Everett, Washington.
Doha-based Qatar Airways now operates 27 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16 777-300ERs, two 777 Freighters and nine 777-200LRs.
Boeing handed over the milestone Boeing 777-200LR to Qatar Airways at a ceremony attended by Akbar Al Baker, the airline’s chief executive officer.
Qatar Airways has 13 more Boeing 777s of different variants scheduled for delivery, including the last of 10 777-200LRs that the carrier has ordered to date.
“Since we received our first Boeing 777 in November 2007, the airplane has earned itself a reputation for comfort, versatility and reliability, and it is only fitting that our 100th aircraft is a 777,” said Al Baker. “From an operational perspective, the 777 has enabled us to pursue our aggressive global expansion plans, allowing us to operate direct non-stop flights from our Doha hub in Qatar to destinations such as Sao Paolo in Brazil, and Melbourne in Australia, in a cost-effective manner.”
Al Baker added: “From a passenger perspective, the airplane offers unparalleled reliability, while its cabin architecture, combined with our award-winning Five Star service and interiors makes for one of the finest flying experiences for passengers today.”
“We congratulate Qatar Airways on this significant milestone,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “In just over a decade, Qatar Airways has grown to become a world-class, award-winning airline with a rapidly expanding network spanning six continents. This is a tremendous achievement by any measure and we are proud the 777 was selected to play a key role in this success story.”
Qatar Airways’ current network includes more than 100 destinations throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.