Qatar Airways received its first 747-8 freighter at a delivery ceremony attended by His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways group chief executive and Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister.
Boeing and Qatar Airways also announced an order for two 747-8 freighters and four 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $2.16 billion at list prices, which were previously unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.
“The addition of our very first 747-8 Freighter is a significant moment for our Cargo division, and a welcome addition to our 20-strong cargo fleet of wide-body aircraft,” said Al Baker. “As the world’s third-largest cargo operator, Qatar Airways continues to invest in fleet expansion, with a second 747-8F due to be delivered in November. This reflects our confidence in Boeing to continue to deliver an outstanding product that meets our exacting standards. We expect no less than perfection, and we are confident that Boeing will continue to deliver that.”
The announcement is the latest milestone in Qatar Airways’ relationship with Boeing. The carrier became a launch customer for the 777X in 2013, was the first to operate the 787 in the Middle East and has 20 737 MAX airplanes on order.
“We are proud of our strong, enduring and growing partnership with Qatar Airways and we truly appreciate the value its business has brought to Boeing, its employees, suppliers and our communities,” McAllister said. “As one of the world’s largest international cargo carriers, it is heartening that Qatar Airways has selected the 747-8 Freighter to meet the needs of its growing cargo operations and to see the important role the 777-300ER continues to play in its long-haul fleet.”
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of nearly 100 Boeing widebody airplanes and has more than 100 additional Boeing airplanes on order.