American aviation giant Boeing has announced a series of deals on the first day of the Paris Air Show.
Among the headline grabbing contracts were deals with World Travel Awards winner Qatar Airways, as well as secret commitments for 17 747-8 Intercontinentals.
Qatar Airways – which was recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Airline Business Class at the World Travel Awards earlier this year – was among those flashing the cash, ordering six Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range).
The order is valued at $1.7 billion at list prices.
As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Qatar Airways currently operates 25 Boeing airplanes: eight ultra-long range 777-200LRs (Long Range), 15 777-300ERs and two long-range 777 Freighters.
“We are expanding our international network rapidly and adding new routes and destinations that will extend Qatar Airways’ reach across the globe, especially as we aim to open up more non-stop routes to popular and under-served cities around the world,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ chief executive.
“We currently have 25 Boeing 777s in our fleet and its payload and range capability, reliability and economics have made this aircraft the backbone of our long-haul fleet.”
Boeing has also announced orders and commitments for 17 747-8 Intercontinentals.
Placed by two undisclosed customers, the combined deals are valued at $5.4billion at list prices.
One carrier has committed to 15 of the new passenger version of the 747-8 while another carrier placed an order for two.
“These orders for the 747-8 Intercontinental mark a major milestone for the program and demonstrate the market’s need for an airplane of its size and range,” said Jim Albaugh, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“It will play a valuable role in further growing these carriers long-haul route networks.”
The orders bring the 747-8 Intercontinental total backlog to 50 firm aircraft, plus five from a commitment from Air China contingent on Chinese Government approval.
It also brings the total 747-8 backlog, including 76 747-8 Freighters, to 126.