FIA 2018: Qatar Airways confirms order for five 777 Freighters

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Qatar Airways has finalised an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters in a deal signed at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.

The deal is worth $1.7 billion at list prices, and will add to Qatar Airways’ existing Boeing freighter fleet of 13 777s and two 747-8s.

The announcement was attended by the state of Qatar’s minister of finance and Qatar Airways chairman, His Excellency Ali Shareef Al Emadi.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker says: “I am delighted to be further enhancing our cargo fleet and adding five Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft. In the past 15 years, Qatar Airways Cargo has grown steadily and globally, becoming the third largest in the world. We could not have achieved this success without our resilient relationship with Boeing.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, Kevin McAllister adds: “We are proud that Qatar Airways recognises the value of the 777 Freighter and continues to invest in this aircraft to serve its expanding freight operations. We continue to see a resurgence in the air cargo market and we are confident that Boeing’s industry-leading freighter family is well positioned to meet our customers’ requirements.”

The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles with a payload of 102 tonnes, which Boeing says translates into significant savings due to lower landing fees, less congestion, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.