Boeing and Qatar Airways signed an agreement for five cargo planes Boeing 777F at the International Airshow in Farnborough. The deal is estimated at 1.7 billion USD. The signing of the agreement was attended by Qatar’s finance minister and Qatar Airways president Ali Shareef Al-Emadi.
“I am delighted to be further enhancing our cargo fleet and adding five Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft”, said Akbar Al Baker, the Executive Director of Qatar Airways Group. “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”, added he.
Qatar Airways, one of the world’s top cargo carriers, operates a fleet of 13 777 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters. With this latest order, the airline is set to grow its Boeing Freighter fleet to more than 20 jets.
“We are proud that Qatar Airways recognizes the effectiveness of the 777F and continues to use this liner to service its growing cargo operations”, said Kevin G. McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles with a payload of 112 tons. Boeing has now sold 65 widebody freighters in 2018, and more than 180 widebody freighters since the start of 2014.