The deal was already announced at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, but Qatar Airways took the 2014 Farnborough airshow as a great momentum to finalize the order for 50 Boeing 777-9Xs, at a nice US$18.9 billion. Moreover Qatar announced that it will soon order four 777 Freighters and place options on for more, at a combined value of 2.4 billion.
In addition, the airline announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X purchase rights. If exercised, that would take Qatar’s 777X order tally to 100 airplanes valued at 37.7 billion dollars.
The 777X will have the new GE Aviation GE9X engines and an all-new composite wing that has a longer span than today’s 777. According to Boeing the 777-9X is 12 percent more fuel efficient than similar planes.
Production of the 777X is set to begin in 2017, with the aircraft currently still in its design phase. Boeing hopes to deliver the first 777X in 2020, but has already received orders for 300 aircraft from six airlines.
The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 km) with a full payload and general cargo market densities, making it the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane’s range capability translates into savings for cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.