The Donald ducks into Qatar Airways signing

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker

Qatar Airways and Boeing finalised a significant order for five Boeing 777 freighters during a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday 9 July 2019 in the company of The Donald.

His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and President Donald Trump saw a signing ceremony between Akbar Ali Baker, Qatar Airways group chief executive, and Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO.

The order, worth $1.8 billion at current list prices was previously announced with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the Paris Air Show in June.

Al Baker said: “It is an honour to sign this landmark order for five Boeing 777 freighters in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and president Donald Trump.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO, Kevin McAllister, said: “It is an honour to be signing this agreement today with Qatar Airways, who has been our long-haul partner for more than 20 years. As one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers, we are delighted that Qatar Airways continues to expand its freighter fleet with the 777 Freighter and we deeply appreciate their business and positive impact on Boeing, our employees, suppliers and communities.”

The Boeing 777 freighter has the longest range of any twin-engined freighter and is based around the Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft operating on the airline’s ultra-long-haul routes. With a payload capacity of 102 metric tonnes, the Boeing 777F is capable of flying 9,070 km.