Qatar Airways steals the limelight on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, displaying six of its most advanced aircraft, including the Airbus A350-1000 and the Boeing 777-300 ER, both of which feature the airline’s award-winning Business Class seat, Qsuite.
The airline also displayed for the first time its Boeing 747-8 Cargo Freighter, as well as Air Italy’s second Boeing 737 MAX 8 in striking new livery, Qatar Executive’s Gulfstream G500 jet and the JetSuiteX Embraer 135 jet.
Minister of Finance and Qatar Airways Chairman Ali Sharif Al Emadi, said he is proud that Qatar Airways continues to strengthen the important bond that exists between the State of Qatar and the United Kingdom.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, meanwhile, welcomed many VIP delegates and senior officials at their chalet.
Day one of the airshow kicked off with the award-winning airline committing to purchase five new CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators and two CAE 500XR Series flight training devices for the Boeing 777X and the 737 MAX from the global leader in training, Canadian aviation company, CAE.
A purchase agreement between Boeing and Qatar Airways, finalising the airline’s order for five 777 Freighters, also took place during the first day. The deal, valued at US$1.7 billion at current list prices, was announced as a commitment in April. Al Baker and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister signed the agreement at the Boeing chalet, where a crowd of media and VIP guests gathered to watch the milestone moment.
Six Advanced Aircrafts on Display
On the opening day of the airshow, Qatar Airways unveiled its first state-of-the-art Gulfstream G500 jet, which will officially join Qatar Executive’s fleet by the end of this year. The airline’s cargo division also publicly displayed one of its freighter aircraft for the first time.
Also on display at the show is Air Italy’s newest Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft which was delivered to the airline recently and flown straight to the airshow – its second aircraft in new livery and the second of 20 brand-new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to join the airline over the next three years. The sixth and final aircraft exhibited is the JetSuiteX Embraer 135 jet. The luxuriously reconfigured Embraer 135 offers 30 comfortable Business Class style seats.