Qatar Airways signs $11.7bn order with Boeing

Qatar Airways signs $11.7bn order with Boeing

Boeing and Qatar Airways announced an order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs, valued at $11.7 billion at list prices.

The airline also signed a letter of intent for up to 60 737 MAX 8s, valued at $6.9 billion at list prices.

The announcement builds on Qatar Airways’ current fleet of 84 Boeing aircraft, a combination of 787s and 777s, all delivered over the last nine years.

With this new order, Qatar Airways increases its firm order backlog of Boeing wide-body airplanes from 65 to 105, including 60 777Xs.

The announcement was attended by the Qatar’s minister of finance, Ali Shareef Al Emadi, US deputy secretary of state Tony Blinken and the ambassador of Qatar, Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari.

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“Qatar Airways, already one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of aviation, today announces a significant and historic aircraft order that will power our future growth for the years and the decades ahead,” said Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.

“Boeing has proven to be a valuable partner, and today’s announcement is testament to our appreciation of the quality of their product and their dedication to providing world class customer service.”

Qatar Airways’ relationship with Boeing was renewed in 2006.

Since then, there have been many milestones in the partnership. The airline was the first to operate the 787 in the Middle East and is a launch customer for the 777X.

With the commitment for the 737 MAX 8, it would be the first Boeing single-aisle airplane model to join Qatar Airways’ fleet in more than 15 years.

The 777-300ER is the most reliable twin-aisle airplane flying today and is considered to be the flagship of the world’s elite airlines.

It has the highest schedule reliability of any twin-aisle airplane at 99.5 per cent – the airplane is on time, nearly all the time.