Qatar Airways chief wants to expand fleet, look for United States investments

The order, for two 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs, had previously been included on Boeing’s order list as from an unidentified customer.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said on Monday that the carrier plans to expand its fleet, buying four Boeing Co 777-300 aircraft for its passenger fleet and accepting four Airbus A350 aircraft that it had rejected in July. In addition, Qatar Airways will order all 60 of the Boeing 737 airplanes for which it signed a letter of intent previous year, he said. As the world’s third-largest cargo operator, Qatar Airways continues to invest in fleet expansion, with a second 747-8F due to be delivered in November. “We expect no less than perfection, and we are confident that Boeing will continue to deliver that”.

Qatar Airways now operates a fleet of almost 100 Boeing widebody airplanes – including 34 777-300ERs out of an initial order for 44 – and has more than 100 additional Boeing aircraft on order.

Last year, the Middle Eastern air carrier ordered 30 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs, valued at $11.7 billion.

Al Baker had sharp words for USA airline rivals Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings and American Airlines, which are lobbying the Trump administration to curtail Qatar’s access to the U.S. market, citing unfair subsidies.

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