Qatar Airways Cargo, the freight division of Qatar Airways, has ordered five Boeing 777 freighters. This move will enable the airline to add new freighter routes in addition to increasing capacity on key trade sectors.

Additionally, at the Paris Air Show, the airline also announced three new freighter routes — Hanoi to Dallas, Chicago to Singapore, and Singapore to Los Angeles and Mexico City. These new routes are an addition to the existing Macau – Los Angeles service, launched six months ago.

Commenting on this deal, Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive, “I am pleased that Qatar Airways has today signed this landmark order for five new Boeing 777 freighters to add to our cargo fleet. It will increase our Boeing 777 freighter fleet by a full 20 percent, enabling us to further develop our business and offer new customers the chance to experience a truly first-class logistics service. This is an order that will propel our growth and, I firmly believe, confirm us as the leading cargo operator in the world.”

The Boeing 777 freighter has the longest range of a twin-engine freighter and is capable of flying 9,070 km. Some vital benefits associated with the aircraft’s range capability include savings for cargo operators, fewer stops and subsequent landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower handling costs and shorter delivery times.

On the other hand, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways — Qatar Executive has further expanded its fleet with the delivery of  two new state-of-the-art Gulfstream jets. Following this, the airline now operates a total of 18 private jets, including six Gulfstream G650ERs, four Gulfstream G500s, three Bombardier Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and one Global XRS.

Ettore Rodaro, executive vice president of Qatar Executive said, “These truly advanced jets enable us to offer an unparalleled flying experience to our global clientele, who I am sure will be thrilled when flying on board these aircraft.

“We are proud of the strong relationship we have with the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and we look forward to receiving further jets from them in the future.”

Aneri Shroff