January 02, 2021: Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of three B777Fs as the airline continues to build its cargo division with the most capable twin-engine freighter. The milestone also marks the 200th 777F to be delivered.

The triple delivery comes as air freight is playing a pivotal role amid the Covid-19 pandemic – including transporting newly approved vaccines and is projected to increase more than 4 percent over the next two decades.

With the arrival of the trio of 777Fs, Qatar Airways Cargo now operates 24 of this airplane model along with two 747-8Fs.

"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 Akbar Al Baker. "With our investments in innovation and fleet, we are able to fulfil our customers’ logistical requirements and facilitate the continuity of global trade."

The 777F can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometres) and carry a payload of 224,900 pounds (102,010 kilogrammes). The airplane's long range translates into significant savings for operators like Qatar Airways Cargo 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," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, commercial sales and marketing, The Boeing Company. "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."

Customers from around the world have ordered 242 777 freighters since the programme began in 2005, including a record 45 units in 2018.

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