DOHA, QATAR — Qatar Airways unveiled plans to expand its fleet with the addition of Boeing 737 MAX jets, equipped with CFM International Leap-1B engines, to foster growth, particularly in short-haul markets.

Recently, a 737 MAX 8 designated for Qatar Airways was sighted at Boeing Field. Additionally, the airline currently has three MAX jets in storage, which were initially delivered to Air Italy, a company with ties to Qatar that went out of business in 2020.

At the Farnborough International Airshow in 2022, Qatar Airways and Boeing finalized an order for 25 Boeing 737 MAX-10 aircraft, the largest member of the 737 MAX Family with the ability to accommodate up to 230 passengers in a single cabin layout.

Earlier, Qatar Airways had intended to integrate the Airbus A320neo Family jets into its fleet. However, its legal conflict with the European planemaker over the A350 surface paint deterioration led to delays in deliveries until 2026.