Qatar Airways has signed an agreement with
Boeing to purchase five additional 777 Freighters.
The deal is valued at US$1.8 billion at list
"I am very
pleased that Qatar Airways has signed this landmark order
for five new Boeing 777 Freighters to add to our cargo fleet,"
Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways Group.
"It will increase our 777 freighter fleet by a full 20 percent,
enabling us to further develop our business and offer new
customers the chance to experience a truly first-class logistics
service. This is an order that will propel our growth and, I
firmly believe, confirm us as the leading cargo operator in the
Qatar Airways has rapidly grown its air cargo
operations to serve more than 60 global destinations, becoming one
of the top international air freight operators in the world.
latest freighter deal builds on the airline's 777 Freighter order
book as the airplane has become the backbone of Qatar Airways
freighter fleet. It currently operates 23 freighters, including 16
Boeing 777 Freighters.
"Qatar Airways continues to implement a
bold vision to be the world's leading air cargo carrier and we are
thrilled that they have again chosen to build that future with the
Boeing 777 Freighter. It is a great testament to the airplane's
unmatched capabilities," said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO
of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are proud of our long-standing
partnership with Qatar Airways. We deeply appreciate their
business and positive impact on Boeing, our employees, suppliers
The 777 twin-engine freighter can fly 4,970 nautical
miles (9,200 kilometers) with a payload of 224,900 lbs (102,010
The order will be posted to Boeing's Orders and
Deliveries website once the purchase is finalized.