Qatar signs Boeing duo

QATAR Airways has signed an order for two 777-200 freighters at the Dubai Airshow.

“The 777 has quickly become our flagship long-haul aircraft and since we started taking delivery of this aeroplane in 2007, we have been able to open up exciting, new, diverse passenger and cargo routes worldwide from our Doha hub,” Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said.

The carrier’s fleet currently comprises six aircraft – three 777s and three A300s. With existing orders and the latest announcement, its cargo fleet will grow to 11 freighters over the next four years. Of the total, eight will be 777 freighters.

“With its payload and range capability, reliability and economics, the 777 has met our high expectations, operating to cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific non-stop from Doha. The 777 continues to play a key role in our decision-making process for expansion with further cargo route announcements expected in due course,” Al Baker added.

Qatar operates over 20 dedicated freighter routes as far as Chicago, Atlanta, Houston (all US), Frankfurt (Germany) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

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