Qatar Airways is a perfect example of how Middle East airlines have contributed to the region’s burgeoning commercial aviation industry – one of the world’s fastest growing.
The airline, which is rapidly expanding its international network and increasing its long haul, non-stop routes, announced on the Paris Air Show’s first day an order for six more Boeing 777-300ERs. It has long maintained that the 777 has become the cornerstone of its fleet and is not only a tool for profitability but also a platform for delivering the highest customer satisfaction.
“We are expanding our international network rapidly and adding new routes and destinations that will extend Qatar Airways’ reach across the globe, especially as we aim to open up more non-stop routes to North and South America,” said CEO Akbar Al Baker. “We have 25 Boeing 777s in our fleet and its payload and range capability, reliability and economics have made this aircraft the long-haul flagship for our airline.”
The airline’s strategy is evidenced by its three pairs of 777-200LRs operating non-stop between Doha and Houston, Melbourne and Sao Paulo. That third route continues to Buenos Aires, underlining the airplane’s ability to connect almost any key city in the world, non-stop, to Doha.
A Qatar Airways 777-200LR is on display at the show, with a spotlight on its reliability, operating efficiencies and payload and range capabilities.
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