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DOHA: April 10, 2018. Qatar Airways has signed a Letter of Intent with Boeing to purchase an additional five B777 freighters at a list price of US$1.7 billion.

Qatar Airways B777F new order“The addition of five 777 Freighters is a significant moment for our cargo division,” declared Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. “As the world’s third-largest cargo operator, Qatar Airways continues to invest in fleet expansion. This transaction will be a reinforcement of our confidence in Boeing to continue to deliver an outstanding product that meets our exacting standards.

“We expect no less than perfection, and we are confident that Boeing will continue to deliver that,” he added.

The airline has 100 Boeing airplanes on order and operates an all-cargo fleet of eight A330s, 13 B777s and two B747-8s.

Qatar Airways has also announced a resumption of daily A320 services to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq following the lifting of a November 2017 ban on all commercial services by the Iraq government.

Al Baker commented: “Erbil and Sulaymaniyah have always been two important destinations in the Republic of Iraq, in addition to Baghdad, the capital city, as well as Najaf and Basra.”

Last month Sharjah, UAE-based Rus Aviation became the first all-cargo operator to reintroduce services to Sulaymaniyah Airport with an A300 freighter. The company, which also operates Il-76TD and B747 aircraft, now operates every Tuesday and Saturday from Sharjah.

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