Thursday, January 8, 2015

Qatar Airways finalizes order for four 777 freighters

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)

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