In a signing ceremony hosted on Tuesday, July 9th at the White House, Qatar Airways signed agreements with Boeing and GE Aviation. President Donald Trump and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, witnessed the ceremony. Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive officer of the Qatar Airways Group, signed both agreements.
The airline finalized its order for five Boeing 777F aircraft, confirming the MoU signed it signed with Boeing last month the Paris Air Show. Kevin McAllister, the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, shared his enthusiasm that the airline will rely on the 777F as the “backbone” of its cargo operations.
Additionally, Qatar Airways selected the GEnx engine to power 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft. GE Aviation will provide MRO services for these engines via a TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement. It will also extend TrueChoice coverage to the carrier’s forthcoming GE9X engine fleet which will power 60 Boeing 777X aircraft. David Joyce, the president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, emphasized that his company is pleased to support the fleet expansion of one of the world’s fastest-growing operators.