Qatar Airways has confirmed a deal to buy five Boeing 777 freighters, as well as engines and maintenance from GE Aviation, a deal worth more than $5 billion according to Reuters. The order of the five Boeings had been announced at Paris Air Show few weeks before.
While confirming the order of five Boeing 777F worth $1.8 billion, Qatar Airways announced the launch of three new routes for Qatar Airways Cargo, its freight division: Hanoi to Dallas, Chicago to Singapore and Singapore to Mexico via Los Angeles. The 777F has the longest range of any twin-engined freighter. It can fly up to 9,070 km with a payload capacity of 102 metric tonnes, which translates into significant savings on long-haul routes. Qatar Airways Cargo division has grown from 3 aircraft in 2003 to 23 freighters.
Qatar Airways, which was named best airline in the world and ranks at the top position in the best business class airlines ranking, also signed several contracts with GE aviation, one of the world’s largest aircraft engine suppliers. The Gulf airline signed a long-term service agreement with GEnx & GE9X engines engine for its 30 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and chose GE’s TrueChoice Flight for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of these engines.
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