MIAMI — Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its 50th Boeing 777, (A7-BEI / MSN 60335 / LN 1384), taking the total fleet number to over 180 aircraft serving the Doha-based carrier.
When Qatar Airways’ first Boeing 777 order was placed in 2006, the airline’s network reached just over 50 destinations. Now, a decade later, the Boeing 777 has become the mainstay of its long-haul fleet, and plays essential part of the carrier’s route expansion strategy.
“Over the last decade, Qatar Airways and Boeing have developed a strong and enduring partnership that began with their first 777 order,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Currently, the airline operates the Long-Range (LR) variant of the 777-200, as well as the 777-300ER. It also is a major 777X customer, with 60 aircraft ordered.
“With the introduction of the Boeing 777 into the fleet just under a decade ago, our crew and passengers have come to know how comfortable and spacious the cabins are.” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
Currently, Qatar is moving from a 9-abreast layout to 10 abreast in its 777-300ERs economy class cabins, thereby increasing the seat number to 316 and 388 seats depending on the variants.
The carrier operates the 777 to a host of destinations. In the case of the United States, Qatar Airways currently serves Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Washington Dulles and Houston with its triple seven fleet. Also, its forthcoming service to Atlanta will also be served with a 777-300ER, starting on June 2.