Paris Air Show 2013: Qatar Airways has an agreement for 9 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
In the Paris Air Show 2013, Qatar Airways has entered into an agreement for 9 Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft. The contract value is 2.8 billion and includes firm order for 2 777-300ER plus optional 7.
The Doha-based airline currently operates 35 of Boeing 777 aircraft: 22 are 777-300ER, 9 are 777-200LR (Longer Range) and 4 cargo aircraft 777 Freighters. If the optional 7 aircraft turn into a firm order, then Qatar Airways will have to receive in total 16 Boeing 777-300ER units.
At the moment, Qatar Airways operates a fleet of 125 aircraft to 128 from destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and America.
In November 2007, Qatar Airways took possession of the first Boeing 777. In September 2011, the Doha airline received an 777-200LR, the aircraft with the number 100 in its fleet.
Demand for Boeing 777 resulted in a production rate of 8,3 units per month - 100 of aircraft per year - since February 2013. In the last three years, the 777 program has increased the production rate twice. The first increase was from five aircraft per month to seven, from 2011, then at the current rate.
In May 2013, Boeing announced that 1105 777 aircraft have been delivered, out of a total of 1452 aircraft ordered by 68 from carriers worldwide.