In 2019-20, Qatar Airways added some 22 new aircraft to its fleet, which includes 205 passenger aircraft, 28 Cargo aircraft and 25 Qatar Executive jets
Qatar Airways has more than 300 aircraft worth over $82bn still on order (including options and letters of intent), the national airline said yesterday.
With an average aircraft age of under six years, Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art fleet continues to be “one of the youngest and most modern” in the industry.
Qatar Airways annual report (for fiscal 2020) shows that it received a new aircraft on average every 16 days, enabling the airline to “continue our ambitious route expansion strategy and provide our passengers with increased connectivity across the globe.”
In the last financial year, Qatar Airways added some 22 new aircraft to its current impressive fleet, which included 205 passenger aircraft, 28 cargo aircraft and 25 Qatar Executive jets (as of 31 March, 2020).
“We committed to multiple agreements in July 2019 for aircraft and engines during a signing ceremony held at the White House, witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar and US President Donald Trump,” the national airline said.
This included an order for five Boeing 777 freighters valued at $1.8bn, 18 Gulfstream jets valued at over $1bn, and GE Aviation engine (GEnx and GE9X) and maintenance (MRO) agreements valued at over $5bn.
In October 2019, Qatar Executive announced it would be the launch customer for Gulfstream’s new flagship, the G700, with an agreement to purchase 10 aircraft. The G700 boasts business aviation’s largest cabin and can fly farther and faster than any other competitor in the business jet industry.
The following month, Qatar Airways and CFM International signed LEAP-1A engine and service agreements that would power the airline’s new fleet of 50 A321neo family aircraft. The agreement is valued at $4bn over the life of the service contracts.
“Our customers are our number one priority, which is why every detail in the design of our aircraft is taken into consideration in order to deliver a superior customer experience and ensure we continue to provide our passengers with the most technologically-advanced, new generation aircraft. It is also the reason that Qatar Airways has a hard-earned reputation for delivering unprecedented customer comfort and safety.
“Qatar Airways’ revolutionary Qsuite Business Class was added to 12 new destinations during the 2019-20 financial year including Auckland, Delhi, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Milan, Montreal and Philadelphia.”
Qatar Airways cargo fleet also benefited from the addition of five Boeing 777F during 2019-20. These new aircraft have significantly enhanced Qatar Airways Cargo’s operational capability, making it extremely well-equipped to cater to the growing demand for freighter services from the cargo clientele. This rapidly expanding, and highly successful, division of the Qatar Airways Group is the world’s leading air cargo carrier (measured by global share as at 31 March, 2020) and remains committed to delivering world-class freight services across the globe.
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