Qatar Airways today signed a letter of intent to purchase five B777 Freighters, valued at USD 1.7 billion at list prices, which will take the carrier’s maindeck fleet up to 28 aircraft, including 18 B777Fs.
“The addition of five 777 Freighters is a significant moment for our cargo division,” said Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker. “As the world’s third-largest cargo operator, Qatar Airways continues to invest in fleet expansion.
“This transaction will be a reinforcement of our confidence in Boeing to continue to deliver an outstanding product that meets our exacting standards. We expect no less than perfection, and we are confident that Boeing will continue to deliver that.”
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of nearly 100 Boeing widebody aircraft including a substantial freighter fleet comprised of eight A330-200F, two B747-8F and 13 B777F.
“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways and we deeply appreciate their business and the positive impact on Boeing, our employees, suppliers and communities,” said McAllister.
“We are honored that one of the world’s leading international cargo carriers recognizes the unmatched capabilities of the 777 Freighter and wants to buy more to lift their growing freight operations.”
The B777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a payload of 102 tonnes.