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Qatar Airways takes delivery of first B747-8 freighter

QTR 747 deliveryEVERETT, WA: September 25, 2017. Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first B747-8 freighter and ordered two more plus four B777-300ERs for a total list price of US$2.16 billion.

Attending the handover, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the addition of the airline's first 747-8 freighter was a welcome addition and significant moment for its Cargo division: "As the world's third-largest cargo operator, Qatar Airways continues to invest in fleet expansion, with a second 747-8F due to be delivered in November.

"This reflects 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.

Today's announcement is the latest milestone in Qatar Airways' relationship with Boeing. The carrier became a launch customer for the B777X in 2013, was the first to operate the B787 in the Middle East, and has 20 737 MAX airplanes on order.

"We are proud of our strong, enduring and growing partnership with Qatar Airways and we truly appreciate the value its business has brought to Boeing, its employees, suppliers and our communities," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister.

Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of nearly 100 Boeing widebody airplanes and has over 100 additional aircraft on order.

(Pictured left to right: Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister.)

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