MIAMI – Great news for Boeing and its 777 and 747-8 programs. Qatar Airways has just announced a $2.16 billion order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300(ER)s, joining the list of over 100 Boeing-made aircraft waiting to be built and delivered to the Doha-based carrier.

Today, Qatar Airways counts a fleet of nine Boeing 777-200(LR)s, 35 777-300(ER)s, and one 747-8 Freighter that was just delivered to the airline at the Boeing Everett Delivery Center.

The airline’s CEO, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, admitted during the ceremony that, “Boeing unceasingly proves to be a valuable partner to us in providing the quality aircraft that make us the world’s third largest international cargo carrier.”

Even though Al Baker has been a big critic of both Boeing and Airbus in the past, he said, “Qatar Airways is very appreciative of our enduring partnership with Boeing, as it is key to our future growth, and we look forward to continuing to work with this important US partner.”

The Boeing 747-8F that was just delivered features the face of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani under the nose of the aircraft.

This order comes in a couple months after the airline canceled orders for four Airbus A350-900s because of delivery delays by the European manufacturer. However, the airline announced that it would take delivery of these planes after supplier problems had been solved.

But for industry experts, the growth shown by the Middle East Big Three has been overwhelming. A large portion of the manufacturers’ backlogs belong to these airlines, which, at some point, won’t have enough room to use them or enough passengers to transport.

In the meantime, Qatar will fly its brand-new Boeing 747-8F home and continue to expect more new planes to be finished up at the Boeing factory. Just recently, the airline placed a breaking order of $11.7 bullion for 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 more 777-300(ER)s.