Qatar Airways boosts Boeing 777-300ER fleet with Paris deal

Qatar Airways boosts Boeing 777-300ER fleet with Paris deal

Boeing and Qatar Airways have announced agreements for nine Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes at the 2013 Paris Air Show. 

The agreements include a firm order for two airplanes previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing Commercial Airplanes Orders and Deliveries website, plus a commitment for an additional seven airplanes.

The total value of the agreement is $2.8 billion at current list prices.

The Doha-based airline currently operates 35 Boeing passenger and cargo 777s of various types, including 22 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LR (Longer Range) airplanes and four 777 Freighters.

The two firm airplanes give Qatar Airways a backlog of nine Boeing 777s.

When the additional seven become firm, the backlog will rise to 16.

“With its reliability, economics and range capability, the 777 will continue to play a key role in enabling Qatar Airways to operate more direct non-stop flights from our hub in Doha to destinations in many markets including Australasia and the United States,” said Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker, speaking at a press conference at Le Bourget.

“We have already shown a desire to open up new destinations in the US, and the Boeing 777 will further feature in our expansion plans in this part of the world.”