Qatar Airways gets 100th airplane
Washington, October 1, 2011
Qatar Airways, the country's national carrier, received its 100th airliner, a 777-200LR (longer range), from Boeing at a ceremony held in Everett, US.
The Doha-based airline now operates 27 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16 777-300ERs (extended range), two 777 Freighters and nine 777-200LRs.
Boeing handed over the airplane to the company at a ceremony attended by the Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker. Qatar Airways has 13 more Boeing 777s of different variants scheduled for delivery.
“Since we received our first Boeing 777 in November 2007, the airplane has earned itself a reputation for comfort, versatility and reliability, and it is only fitting that our 100th aircraft is a 777,” said Al Baker.
“From an operational perspective, the 777 has enabled us to pursue our aggressive global expansion plans, allowing us to operate direct non-stop flights from our Doha hub in Qatar to destinations such as Sao Paolo in Brazil, and Melbourne in Australia, in a cost-effective manner,” he remarked.
“From a passenger perspective, the airplane offers unparalleled reliability, while its cabin architecture, combined with our award-winning five star service and interiors makes for one of the finest flying experiences for passengers today,” he added.
Lauding Qatar Airways on the significant milestone, Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, 'In just over a decade, Qatar Airways has grown to become a world-class, award-winning airline with a rapidly expanding network spanning six continents.'
'This is a tremendous achievement by any measure and we are proud the 777 was selected to play a key role in this success story,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service