Qatar Airways has revealed it is a previously unannounced customer for three Boeing 777 Freighters and two Boeing 777-300ERs.
Boeing values the newly announced orders at $1.4 billion at list prices. The manufacturer accounted for Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 Freighter order from 2010 on its Orders and Deliveries website as being for an unidentified customer and accounted for the Boeing 777-300ER order earlier this year as also being for an unidentified customer.
Qatar Airways announced the orders on the sidelines of the Business & Investment in Qatar Forum in New York on April 6, in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood and the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Ambassador Joseph LeBaron.
The agreement was signed by Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO and Tony Valentine, sales director for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The forum, of which Boeing is one of the sponsors, is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Hamad and aims to promote Qatar’s emerging role as a political, economic and cultural hub in the Middle East.
“Qatar Airways has made a significant commitment to the 777, an airplane which has become the flagship of our fleet,” says Al Baker. “The capacity of the Boeing 777 Freighter is unrivaled and its economics make it an attractive addition to our fleet. It’s an opportune time to be introducing more cargo capacity to our fleet. As the State of Qatar and other parts of the region are growing at a phenomenal pace, we are well positioned to take advantage of this growth.”
“Today’s order is not just an agreement between Boeing and Qatar Airways but underlines the strategic relationship that the USA and Qatar have forged on the industrial and economic front,” notes Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales & marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Qatar Airways currently operates eight ultra-long range 777-200LRs, 15 777-300ERs and two Boeing 777F freighters. Last week, the airline took delivery of its 25th Boeing 777.