Today we decided to take a look at Qatar Airways’ order with Boeing for the 777X widebody plane. It has been over seven years since the Hamad International Airport (DOH)-based airline announced a commitment to the aircraft at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. The airline followed up on this with a firm order for 50 777-9Xs and a commitment to the purchase of a further 50 777-9Xs at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow.
At the time, it was Qatar Airways’ biggest ever order for a single aircraft. If it follows through on the promise to purchase the additional 50 jets, it would have taken its spending to around $40 billion based on the list price for the plane.
Qatar Airways is committed to the Boeing 777X
After making the Boeing 777X announcement, Qatar Airways released a statement which read,
“Qatar Airways continuously builds upon its successful fleet program, and this latest announcement demonstrates our investment in quality equipment to deliver our signature Five-Star service. The Boeing 777 is a key component of our fleet, and we look forward to building on this with the next-generation 777-9X.”
Boeing similarly made a statement about the order, with Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner saying,
“Qatar Airways took delivery of its first 777 a few short years ago, and we are honored to see, and aircraft the airline this partnership continue to grow and strengthen. Today signifies a new chapter in our relationship, with Qatar Airways’ endorsement of the 777X as well as their ongoing confidence in the value of the 777