Qatar Airways orders 40 planes from Boeing

On Friday, Boeing and Qatar Airways announced an order for 40 new planes -- 30 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs at a total price of $11.7 billion.


Since the 2006 partnership between Boeing and Qatar Airways, the airline became the first in the Middle East to fly a 787.   File photo

On Friday, Boeing and Qatar Airways announced an order for 40 new planes -- 30 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs at a total price of $11.7 billion.

In addition to the 40 new planes, Qatar Airways signed a Letter of Intent for up to 60 737 Max 8s at a list price of $6.9 billion.

"Qatar Airways, already one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of aviation, today announces a significant and historic aircraft order that will power our future growth for the years and the decades ahead," Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said. "Boeing has proven to be a valuable partner, and today's announcement is testament to our appreciation of the quality of their product and their dedication to providing world class customer service."

Since the 2006 partnership between Boeing and Qatar Airways, the airline became the first in the Middle East to fly a 787 and is a launch customer for the 777X. The 737 Max8 would be the first single aisle plane in Qatar Airways lineup in almost two decades.

"Congratulations to The Boeing Co. and Qatar Airways on the remarkable milestone they've reached, which will significantly grow the number of Boeing aircraft in the Qatar Airways fleet," U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said. "Beyond its importance for these two companies, this agreement demonstrates the importance of global commercial partnerships in strengthening our bilateral ties. This deal will strengthen economic opportunity and job creation, and highlights the importance of strong global trading relationships."

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