September 26, 2017: Doha-based Qatar Airways has placed an order for two 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $2.16 billion at list prices.
The airline also received the first of its 747-8 freighters at a delivery ceremony attended by Akbar Al Baker, chief executive, Qatar Airways Group and Kevin McAllister, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The addition of our very first 747-8 Freighter is a significant moment for our Cargo division, and a welcome addition to our 20-strong cargo fleet of wide-body aircraft,” said Al Baker.
“As the world’s third-largest cargo operator, Qatar Airways continues to invest in fleet expansion, with a second 747-8F due to be delivered in November. This reflects our confidence in Boeing to continue to deliver an outstanding product that meets our exacting standards. We expect no less than perfection, and we are confident that Boeing will continue to deliver that.”
The carrier became a launch customer for the 777X in 2013, was the first to operate the 787 in the Middle East and has 20 737 MAX airplanes on order.
“As one of the world’s largest international cargo carriers, it is heartening that Qatar Airways has selected the 747-8 Freighter to meet the needs of its growing cargo operations and to see the important role the 777-300ER continues to play in its long-haul fleet,” McAllister said.
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of nearly 100 Boeing widebody airplanes and has more than 100 additional Boeing airplanes on order.
The 747-8 freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimised to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its unique nose door.
The 777-300ER has the highest schedule reliability of any twin-aisle airplane flying today. It is the flagship of the world’s elite airlines.