Qatar Airways Cargo has announced a significant new order for five Boeing 777 freighters in a packed press conference at the Paris Air Show in the presence of HE the Minister of Transport and Communications for the State of Qatar Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti.
The five new Boeing 777 freighters will propel the airlines growth and give a huge boost to its capacity, enabling it to add new freighter routes while also increasing capacity on key trade lanes.
HE Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said "I am pleased that Qatar Airways has today signed this landmark order for five new Boeing 777 freighters to add to our cargo fleet. It will increase our Boeing 777 freighter fleet by a full 20 percent, enabling us to further develop our business and offer new customers the chance to experience a truly first-class logistics service. This is an order that will propel our growth and, I firmly believe, confirm us as the leading cargo operator in the world."
Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, added: "We are very excited about these announcements. The addition of the five Boeing 777 freighters will be beneficial for our customers' business as we can offer them greater capacity and increased frequencies on high demand routes. The three new routes add to our expanding global network operated by one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry. Echoing the words of HE Akbar Al Baker, 'we are a customer-centric business obsessed with perfection'.
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 airlines ultra-long-haul routes. With a payload capacity of 102 metric tonnes, the Boeing 777F is capable of flying 9,070 km. The aircrafts range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators, fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower handling costs and shorter delivery times. The aircrafts economics makes it an attractive addition to the airlines fleet and will operate on long-haul routes to the Americas, Europe, the Far East, Asia and some destinations in Africa.
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