LONDON — Boeing and Qatar Airways announced today at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, the launch of a new Performance Improvement Package upgrade for the 777.

The new upgrade, to be retrofitted on all 53 triple sevens in service with Qatar Airways, intends to improve operational efficiency, payload and range. The Doha-based carrier is the launch customer for this offering.

“Qatar Airways operates one of the world’s youngest and most technologically advanced fleets, and we are always seeking ways to grow our operational advantage,” said His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 34 Boeing 777-300ERs and nine 777-200LRs, which average 4.8 years of use. In the case of the 10 777 Freighters operated by the carrier’s cargo division, these average just 3 years in service.

The 777 PiP has three separate elements. An improved ram air system, which reduces airplane drag by improving thrust recovery at the exit of the system, a droop in the ailerons made through a software update in order to optimize flight performance and resized vortex generators, with a newly designed version that reduces drag. These three elements together reduce fuel consumption by 1 percent
or more, depending on range, with corresponding reductions in CO2 and NOx emissions.

“Boeing never stops evaluating means of improving our already highly efficient and reliable aircraft,” said Stan Deal, senior vice president, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “With our Performance Improvement Package, we’re helping our customers obtain even greater performance from the market leading 777 family of aircraft.”

Qatar Airways took delivery of its first aircraft in February 2009 — a Boeing 777-300ER. Since then, the airliner has become the backbone of its long-haul fleet. In November 2013, Qatar Airways became one of the launch customers of the forthcoming 777X, with 50 aircraft on order. This was further complemented last year at the Paris Air Show, when the carrier announced an order for 10 additional 777 8X and four additional 777 freighters.