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strong reputation for quality among passengers, winning three honors at the Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards, including the World’s Best Business Class and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East awards. “Boeing and Qatar Airways have enjoyed a strong partnership that began with its first order for 22 777s in 2006,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Commercial Airplanes. “Since then, we are proud that Qatar Airways has continued to invest in Boeing airplanes with an order for 787s and a recent commitment for the 777X. With the Middle East commercial aviation sector set to grow rapidly, Qatar Airways has undoubtedly proved itself to be one of the major and key players as it expands its fleet and network across the globe.” While Qatar’s airline gains attention among worldwide travelers, the nation also is enlisting Boeing products to update and expand its defense capabilities. In March, the Qatari government announced its intent to contract to buy 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and three Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control, or AEW&C, aircraft. “Qatar is one of the most important and strategic customers in the Middle East for Boeing’s defense business,” said Paul Oliver, vice president of International Business Development for the Middle East and Africa at Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “We’re extremely proud of the growing relationship Boeing has with the country.” He pointed out that Qatar was the first Middle East customer for the C-17 airlifter, and within weeks of its delivery it was being used for humanitarian aid missions to Chile, Haiti and elsewhere around the world in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes and other natural disasters. Qatar now has four of the aircraft. Qatar also is evaluating its jet-fighter options in an ongoing competition, for which Boeing has offered its advanced F-15 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet candidates. Qatar has indicated it 30 Frontiers June 2014 AREA: 4,473 square miles (11,586 square kilometers) Slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut POPULATION, 2013: 2.04 million Ranked 147th in the world umm salal GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, 2012: $185.3 billion (U.S.) Ranked 59th worldwide; based on per-capita GDP, Qatar is ranked the richest nation in the world NOTABLE: No. 1 exporter of liquefied natural gas QATAR AT A GLANCE doha ar-rayyan Sources: U.S. government, World Bank, Boeing Middle East


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