Rendering of 777 freighter in Qatar Airways livery
Qatar Airways has finalized an order for four Boeing 777 freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional aircraft, which would bring the combined value to $2.46 billion, Boeing said in a statement.
Qatar first announced an intent to order the four 777Fs at the Farnborough Airshow in July. The oneworld member currently operates a fleet of 37 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs, in addition to seven 777 freighters.
“We aim to make Qatar Airways one of the world’s major air cargo players,” Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker said, adding the 777F “will be a key player in enabling Qatar Airways to grow its footprint and economically deliver cargo further, connecting many long-haul destinations from our hub in Doha, especially with the expansion of Doha’s new freight terminal.”
(Linda Blachly - ATWOnline News)