Key Points:

  • Boeing’s relationship with Qatar Airways has entered a new phase with major deals, including 74 Boeing 777X and up to 50 Boeing 737-10 airplanes.

  • Since their partnership began in 2006, Qatar Airways has amassed a fleet of over 130 Boeing aircraft, with additional orders exceeding 120 Boeing planes.

  • Boeing is also collaborating with Qatar Airways Cargo and has been pivotal in assisting the Qatar Amiri Air Force with its aviation platforms.

Boeing Increases Footprint in Qatar Amidst Supply Chain Challenges

DOHA — Boeing and Qatar Airways are further strengthening their already significant alliance, as affirmed by Kuljit Ghata-Aura, Boeing's President for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. Ghata-Aura heralded Qatar Airways' role as a launch customer for Boeing's cutting-edge products during an interview with Gulf Times.

Qatar Airways, with an existing extensive fleet of 130-plus Boeing aircraft, has been a crucial partner for Boeing since 2006. The airline's Boeing arsenal includes 89 777s, 41 787 Dreamliners, three 747 Business Jets, and a variety of freighters. "The company has been making significant investments in Boeing’s fleet, such as 777s, 777Xs, 737 MAXs, 787 Dreamliners, and 747-8 Freighters," Ghata-Aura remarked.

Recently, the partnership was fortified by the confirmation of two major deals. These involved an acquisition of 74 777X passenger and freighter airplanes, and up to 50 737-10 passenger airplanes. "This April, Qatar Airways received its first 737-8 airplane," Ghata-Aura added. Additionally, pending orders for the Qatari flag carrier include more than 120 Boeing planes featuring a wide range of models.

Boeing's commitment to supporting its airline customers was evident during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where a specialized team of 60 professionals was stationed to offer full-scale assistance. Ghata-Aura also outlined Boeing’s role in aiding the Qatar Amiri Air Force, highlighting the importance of platforms like the F-15QA fighters, C-17 Globemaster, and AH-64 Apache in safeguarding Qatar's territorial integrity and supporting humanitarian missions globally.

Beyond the airline sector, Boeing and Qatar Airways Cargo are partnering to introduce 'connected cargo' solutions, particularly focusing on the new 777-8 freighter. "The new airplanes will substantially enhance Qatar Airways' ability to expand both its passenger and cargo capacities," said Ghata-Aura.

Boeing is facing challenges within the global supply chain that are expected to continue until 2024. Despite this, the company is committed to increasing its operational stability and employee base, particularly in Qatar. "We are diligently working to navigate these challenges," concluded Ghata-Aura, while reaffirming Boeing's commitment to operational excellence across the board.