Qatar Airways Cargo have taken delivery of three Boeing 777 Freighters as the airline continues to build its cargo division with the world’s largest and most capable twin-engine freighter. This milestone also marks the 200th 777 Freighter to be delivered.
The triple delivery comes as air freight is now playing a major role in delivering vaccines and PPE for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Qatar Airways Cargo now operates 24 of the 777 freighter variant along with two Boeing 747-8 Freighters. Being one of the leading air cargo carriers in the world, Qatar’s dedicated freighter fleet are used on more than 60 freight routes worldwide via the airlines’ Doha hub and the airline also delivers freight on the belly-hold deck of passenger aircraft to an extensive network.
“With the arrival of these new freighters, we are injecting more capacity in the market which is very much required during the pandemic. The added capacity will also enable us to support the logistics around the COVID-19 vaccination, which is projected to be one of the greatest logistical challenges for the industry,”said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
The 777 Freighter can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kms) and carry a payload of 224,900 pounds (102,010 kg). Operators like Qatar Airways Cargo benefit from the aircraft’s long range which translates into significant savings as fewer stops reduce landing fees, congestion, cargo handling costs and delivery times.
“During these challenging times, Qatar Airways Cargo has been transporting humanitarian relief and medical goods to those in need, and we are proud that their growing fleet of 777 Freighters is supporting such a commendable effort. We deeply appreciate our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways and their confidence in the 777 Freighters as the backbone of their expansive global air cargo operations.”said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company.
The 777 Freighter is now Boeing’s top selling freighter. Customers from around the world have ordered 242 777 Freighters since the program began in 2005, including a record 45 units in 2018. Boeing, the market leader in air cargo aircraft, provides more than 90% of the dedicated freighter capacity around the world, including new production and converted freighters.