Friday, April 8, 2011

Two More Freight Aircraft Sold To Qatar

Boeing delighted by Further Orders from the Middle East
Shipping News Feature

US – QATAR – Boeing confirm they have received an order for three of their 777 freighters which have been sold to Qatar Airways. The cargo carriers will be added to the Qatari fleet of twenty five 777’s, two of which are the long range freight version. The 777 Freighter order was previously accounted for on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website as unidentified in 2010.

The announcement came at the time of the Business & Investment in Qatar Forum in New York in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, US Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood and the US Ambassador to Qatar, Ambassador Joseph LeBaron. The agreement was signed by Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways' CEO and Tony Valentine, sales director, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The forum, of which Boeing is one of the sponsors, is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Hamad and aims to promote Qatar's emerging role as a political, economic and cultural hub in the Middle East.

Boeing spokesman Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes enthused over the agreement saying Boeing looked forward to a continued partnership as the Arabian airline expands its position on the international stage and said the agreement confirmed the 777 as an outstanding success and underlined the strategic relationship that the USA and Qatar have forged on the industrial and economic front.