sep 20, 2018 : Qatar Airways has taken delivery of two Boeing 777 Freighters, showing a sign of the airline’s continued investment in its fleet. The deal worth $1.7 billion was signed in July to buy five of those freighters.

It will even become the first customer of Boeing 777X, the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world.

To view Boeing’s latest-generation aircraft B777X, for which Qatar Airways is a global launch customer, Akbar Al Baker group chief executive of Qatar Airways Group has visited the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington on Sep 18 with Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO, Kevin McAllister.

The aircraft incorporates 787 Dreamliner technologies and new advances to redefine the total passenger experience featuring a wider cabin, larger windows and enhanced architecture.

Al Baker, said, “We are tremendously proud of our relationship with Boeing, and our visit is further evidence of our commitment to expanding our fleet to include the most technologically-advanced and efficient aircraft on the market. We are especially pleased to have had this opportunity to view the Boeing 777X, and are very proud to be a global launch customer for this product.”

McAllister, said, “Boeing is proud of its long-standing relationship with Qatar Airways and the confidence that the airline has consistently shown in our aircraft. We are honoured to host Qatar Airways at the Everett factory and to have the opportunity to share an up-close look at the 777X, which will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world when it enters revenue service in 2020.”

The airline was the first to operate the Boeing 787 in the Middle East. In 2016, the airline placed a record $18.6 billion order for 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs.

Large portions of the airline’s fleet are powered by engines made by U.S. manufacturers. Additionally, U.S. firms are major suppliers to Qatar Airways, which spent $6.1 billion on U.S. products in 2016 alone.

Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plans, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam and Mombasa, Kenya.

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