Qatar Airways has announced an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs, valued at US $2.16 billion at list prices. The order, a sign of the airline’s continued expansion, adds to the airline’s current fleet of nearly 100 Boeing widebody airplanes. That’s more than 100 additional Boeing aircraft on order.

The announcement was made at a delivery ceremony in Everett, Washington, where the airline also received the first of its 747-8 Freighters. The event was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Officer Kevin McAllister.

Speaking on the occasion, Al Baker said that Boeing unceasingly proves to be a valuable partner to Qatar Airways, providing them quality aircraft that makes them the world’s third largest international cargo carrier.

We are very appreciative of our enduring partnership with Boeing, as it is key to our future growth, and we look forward to continuing to work with this important US partner.’

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Officer Kevin McAllister said they too, are proud of their growing partnership with Qatar Airways.

We truly appreciate the value that its business has brought to Boeing, its employees, suppliers, and our communities. As one of the world’s largest international cargo carriers, it is heartening that Qatar Airways chose the 747-8 Freighter to meet its growing cargo operations and to see the important role that our planes continue to play in its long-haul fleet.’

There have been many milestones in Qatar Airways’ relationship with Boeing, and this announcement is the latest development in this strong relationship. Qatar Airways was the first airline to operate the 787 in the Middle East, is a launch customer for the 777X, and has twenty 737 MAX airplanes on order. In 2016 the airline placed a record $11.7 billion order from Boeing for 30 B787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs. 

The 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimised to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16% more cargo volume while keeping its unique nose door. 

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