Boeing has delivered Qatar Airways its 25th 777 at a ceremony in the Middle East.
The carrier – which was recognised as offering the Middle East’s Leading Airline Business Class by the World Travel Awards in 2010 – will employ the aircraft on its network of 99 international destinations.
Since placing its first 777 order in 2007, the world’s fastest growing airline has expanded to include 25 of the three newer generation 777 models.
At present, Qatar Airways’ fleet includes two long- range 777 freighters, 15 highly efficient 777-300ERs and eight of the ultra-long-range 777-200LR (longer range) airplanes.
The latest airplane is a 777-300ER (extended range) model, which can carry up to 335 passengers in a two-class configuration up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km)
“The 777 is delivering exceptional value to our airline,” said Akbar Al Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways.
“The 777 is a tool for profitability, but also delivers the highest in customer satisfaction. Its service reliability and cabin architecture, coupled with our innovative interiors and world-class, award-winning in-flight service have made the 777 the airplane of choice for our passengers.”
The airline currently operates 97 aircraft from Doha to 99 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, the Far East and Indian subcontinent.
“Qatar Airways is one of the true five-star airlines in the world with an unparalleled fleet and outstanding service,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“Qatar Airways is one of only seven airlines with a Five Star ranking awarded by Skytrax.
“Boeing truly appreciates its business partnership with Qatar Airways and its commitment to the 777 family,” he added.