Qatar Airways has made its first order at the Paris Air Show 2015, with the carrier putting pen on paper for 10 B777-8Xs.
The order makes Qatar the second largest customer of the B777X, having already signed up for 50 B777-9Xs, while the aircraft’s biggest customer is still fellow Gulf carrier Emirates, with a total order of 150 B777Xs already on the books.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker addresses the media at the Paris Air Show 2015
“Acquiring technologically-advanced airplanes such as the 777X is integral to our expansion strategy,” said Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways. “With the addition of these 777-8X to the 50 777-9X already on order, we are confident of continuing the tremendous legacy of the 777."
The B777-8X builds on the solid foundation of Boeing’s highly successful B777 family. Featuring new engines as well as composite wings that leverage technologies from the B787 Dreamliner, the B777-8X will be five per cent more fuel-efficient than the competition.
Signed and dusted: Heads from Qatar Airways and Boeing showing off signed order for 10 B777-8Xs
"The order for an additional 10 777Xs is a further endorsement by Qatar Airways of the airplane which enjoyed the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history,” said Boeing commercial airplanes president and chief executive Ray Conner.
Design of the aircraft is well underway, with production slated to begin in 2017. Boeing is targeting its first delivery of the aircraft for 2020.
With this latest pledge, the B777X has accumulated a total of 320 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.
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