Qatar confirms Dreamliner orders

Qatar Airways has firm ordered 30 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners with a further 30 on option, together with confirmed orders for 27 Boeing 777s and an additional five options.GE Aviation will supply the engines for the aircraft.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker commented on the order, “We are proud to join the growing list of Boeing 787 customers. With deliveries from mid-2010 through to 2014, the 787 will form the core of Qatar Airways regional and medium-haul fleet from the next decade and its optimum size and outstanding fuel efficiency and economics will underpin the airline’s profitability and competitiveness as it builds its hub at Doha’s new international airport.”

Al Baker said the decision to opt for the Boeing 787 was taken following a detailed analysis of the airline’s future aircraft needs over a period of three years, including significant inputs to the 787’s original definition and specification. The Boeing 787 order is for the 787-8 version with options to convert to the 787-9 variant.

“Later this month, Qatar Airways takes delivery of the first of its 27 firm Boeing 777s, which signals our first move to induct Boeing aircraft into our fleet,” he said.

Qatar Airways has confirmed orders for 14 777-300ERs, 6 777-200LRs and 7 777-200Fs, with deliveries beginning later this month and running until mid-2010. The two passenger 777 variants will facilitate a major expansion in the airline’s long haul passenger network. The 777-200 freighters, which will be delivered from 2009, provide outstanding economics enabling Qatar Airways to build up an efficient cargo hub linking Europe and Asia, supplemented by its regional widebody freighters and belly capacity.

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Al Baker added, “I am pleased to say that the Boeing 787s and 777s will strengthen our partnership with Boeing for years to come. Our passenger fleet is among the youngest and eco-friendly in the world with a projected average age of just over three years by next year.”

The aggregate value of the 30 Boeing 787s and 27 Boeing 777 firm aircraft is estimated at US$13.5 billion at catalogue prices.
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