Qatar Airways yesterday took delivery of 3 brand new Boeing B777 freighters, bringing its total freighter fleet count to 30.
The Doha-based airline will employ these freighters on its long haul scheduled routes and will operate them as cargo charters.
“With the arrival of these new freighters, we are injecting much needed capacity in the market helping support global supply chains at a critical time during the pandemic. The added capacity will 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. The 777F’s fuel-efficiency, long range and high capacity will support our airline to be more sustainable and operate additional non-stop flights to further destinations around the world, facilitating the movement of time and temperature sensitive goods. With our investments in innovation and fleet, we are able to fulfil our customers’ logistical requirements and support the continuity of global trade.”said Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways Cargo now consists of two Boeing B747 freighters, 24 Boeing B777 Freighters and four Airbus A330 freighters.
“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 Mr. Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company.
Delivery Flight Details
The 3 Boeing B777 Freighters departed Boeing’s assembly facility at Everett,United States on 31st December,2020, at 12:28, 12:36, and 12:49 local time. The aircrafts are registered as:
- A7-BFV (MSN 66340/1658)
- A7-BFW (MSN 66341/1662)
- A7-BFX (MSN 66870/1664)
The airplanes stayed in the air for just over 14 hours before landing in Doha just before 14:00 local time on 1st January,2021.
Details about the aircrafts
The Boeing B777s are powered by the General Electric GE90-110B1 and have a revenue payload capability of more than 102 metric tonnes each. It can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) and carry a full payload of 224,900 lbs (102,010 kgs) at general cargo market densities (more than 10 pounds per cubic foot). This makes the B777 Freighter the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter.
In addition, the cargo carrier has also converted six of its Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft to operate cargo-only flights, introducing an additional 137 cubic metres of cargo volume per flight over the lower deck cargo capacity of 156 cubic metres per flight.
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