Qatar Airways placed a firm order for a pair of Boeing 777-300ERs and signed a commitment for another seven on the opening day of the Paris Air Show. Boeing places the value of the nine airplanes at $2.8 billion, based on list prices. Also holding an outstanding order for seven 777s, Qatar Airways plans to increase the size of its present fleet of 35 Boeing 777s to 51.
General Electric GE90-115Bs power the 777-300ER. GE places the value of the engine commitment at $600 million.
“We have already shown a desire to open up new destinations in the U.S., and the Boeing 777 will further feature in our expansion plans in this part of the world, in addition to increasing frequency to other destinations,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Out of a total fleet of 125 airplanes, Qatar Airways operates 22 Boeing 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LRs and four Boeing 777 freighters. It expects delivery of a fifth freighter later this month.