Qatar Airways Announces Agreement for Nine 777-300ERs

QR 777 and TugBoeing and Qatar Airways today announced agreements for nine Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft at the 2013 Paris Air Show.  The agreements include a firm order for two aircraft previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing Commercial Airplanes Orders and Deliveries website, plus a commitment for an additional seven airliners.  The total value of the agreement is $2.8 billion at current list prices.
The Doha-based airline currently operates 35 Boeing passenger and cargo 777s of various types, including 22 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LR (Longer Range) aircraft and four 777 Freighters.
The two firm aircraft give Qatar Airways a backlog of nine Boeing 777s.  When the additional seven become firm, the backlog will rise to 16.
“With its reliability, economics and range capability, the 777 will continue to play a key role in enabling Qatar Airways to operate more direct non-stop flights from our hub in Doha to destinations in many markets including Australasia and the United States,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, speaking at a press conference at Le Bourget on the opening day of the Paris Air Show.
“We have already shown a desire to open up new destinations in the US, and the Boeing 777 will further feature in our expansion plans in this part of the world.”
“It is a great honour to have Qatar Airways operate the 777 as its long-haul flagship aircraft,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The 777’s unrivaled economics and customer-preferred passenger experience make it a cornerstone of Qatar Airways’ success.”
The demand for the Boeing 777 led to an increased production rate of 8.3 per month – 100 aircraft per year – in February 2013.