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Boe­ing and Qatar Airways an­nounced an or­der for two 747-8 Freighters and four 777300ERs (Ex­tended Range), val­ued at $2.16 bil­lion at list prices.

The air­line also re­ceived the first of its 747-8 Freighters at a de­liv­ery cer­e­mony at­tended by His Ex­cel­lency Mr. Ak­bar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes Pres­i­dent and CEO Kevin McAl­lis­ter.

To­day’s an­nounce­ment is the lat­est mile­stone in Qatar Airways’ re­la­tion­ship with Boe­ing. The car­rier be­came a launch cus­tomer for the 777X in 2013, was the first to op­er­ate the 787 in the Mid­dle East and has 20 737 MAX air­planes on or­der.

Qatar Airways cur­rently op­er­ates a fleet of nearly 100 Boe­ing wide­body air­planes and has more than 100 ad­di­tional Boe­ing air­planes on or­der.

The 747-8 Freighter gives cargo op­er­a­tors the low­est op­er­at­ing costs and best eco­nomics of any large freighter air­plane while pro­vid­ing en­hanced en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance. It is op­ti­mized to pro­vide greater rev­enue cargo-car­ry­ing ca­pa­bil­ity than the 747-400, of­fer­ing 16 per­cent more cargo vol­ume while keep­ing its unique nose door.

The 777-300ER has the high­est sched­ule re­li­a­bil­ity of any twin-aisle air­plane fly­ing to­day. It is the flag­ship of the world’s elite air­lines.

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