Qatar Airways takes 100th aircraft from Boeing in aggressive expansion
Boeing has expressed a certain pride in delivering Qatar Airways’ 100th airliner, a long-range Boeing 777-200LR, during a ceremony at its factory in Everett, USA. The Doha-based airline now operates 27 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16 777-300ERs (extended range), two 777 freighters and nine 777-200LRs. It also has 13 additional Boeing 777s of different variants scheduled for delivery. Its relationship with the US aircraft manufacturer has helped it to develop into a carrier that flies one of the world’s youngest and most modern fleets.
“From an operational perspective, the 777 has enabled us to pursue our aggressive global expansion plans, allowing us to operate direct non-stop flights from our Doha hub in Qatar to destinations such as Sao Paolo and Melbourne in a cost-effective manner,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said during the delivery ceremony.
[pictured: Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, and Marty Bentrott, Vice President of Sales for the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia]