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Qatar Airways finalises $19b Boeing plane deal


Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways (left) and Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes at the announcement. — Photo: Supplied picture

Muscat: Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalised an order for 50 777-9Xs, valued at $18.9 billion at current list prices. The 777X order was first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow and part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. 
 
In addition, the airline announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X purchase rights which if exercised, could take its 777X order tally to 100 airplanes, valued at $37.7 billion at list prices.

Qatar Airways also announced their intent to order four 777 Freighters and options for four more, with a combined value of $2.4 billion at list prices.

"Qatar Airways continuously builds upon its successful fleet programme, and this latest announcement demonstrates the quality equipment we acquire to deliver on our signature Five-Star service," said. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways.

"The Boeing 777 is the backbone of our fleet and is highly amenable to the standards Qatar Airways upholds. We look forward to building on our legacy with the next-generation 777-9X," he added.

"Qatar Airways took delivery of its first 777 a few short years ago, and we are honoured to see this partnership continue to grow and strengthen," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner.

"Today signifies a new chapter in our relationship with Qatar Airways' endorsement of the 777X as well as their ongoing confidence in the value of the 777 Freighter. These orders validate the market leading role that the 777 and now the 777X will continue to play in the Middle East's passenger and cargo market," he added. 

The 777X will introduce the latest technologies including the most advanced commercial engine ever — the GE9X by GE Aviation — and an all-new high efficiency composite wing that has a longer span than 777. The 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences.

The 777-9X will be 12 per cent more fuel efficient than any competing airplane, necessary in today's competitive environment. The 777-8X is five per cent more efficient than its competitor at all ranges while providing for new network opportunities. Design of the 777X is underway and production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020. To date, the 777X has accumulated 300 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.

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