Qatar Airways' Surprising 777 Retirement Plans - One Mile at a Time

A lot of airlines are rethinking their fleets as a result of the current pandemic, and Qatar Airways is no exception. The airline has revealed two surprising (to me) updates about the future of the Boeing 777.

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Qatar Airways will retire current 777s by 2024

Qatar Airways currently has 57 Boeing 777s in its fleet, including:

  • Nine Boeing 777-200LRs, which were delivered between 2009 and 2011
  • 48 Boeing 777-300ERs, which were delivered between 2007 and 2019

Qatar Airways 777-300ER

Executive Traveller reports that Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has indicated that all current Qatar Airways 777s will be retired by 2024.

Personally this surprises me a bit:

  • Qatar Airways took delivery of 777s as recently as 2019, so plans on retiring them after at most five years of service
  • Qatar Airways has just spent a boatload of money installing new Qsuites cabins on 777s

Qatar Airways’ 777 Qsuites

For a long time the 777 was the backbone of Qatar Airways’ long haul fleet, though in the meantime the Doha based airline has just as many A350s (split between the -900 and -1000), with nearly 30 more on order.

On top of that, Qatar Airways has the next generation Boeing 777Xs on order, including:

  • 10 Boeing 777-8s
  • 50 Boeing 777-9s