Two new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and a Boeing 777 touchdown at Hamad International Airport on the same dayFor the first time in its history, Qatar Airways took delivery of three new aircraft in one day last week as two Boeing 787 Dreamliners and one Boeing 777 joined its rapidly expanding fleet.
The delivery which took place in Seattle on October 27, brought the airline’s fleet count up to 139 passenger and cargo aircraft. The three custom-designed aircraft then departed Seattle on October 28, arriving at the home of Qatar Airways, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, on October 29.
With the receipt of its newest aircraft, the airline now has 17 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and 37 Boeing 777s, made up of a combination of 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs, among its fleet.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are very happy to receive three more of our most popular aircraft from Boeing all on the same day reinforcing the fact that this is the ‘year of the fleet’. The addition of the two 787s and one 777 ensures that we are able to continue with our commitment to offer our passengers the most comfortable experience in the sky when travelling with us. And we are very pleased to be able to work so closely with Boeing to ensure that our aircraft provide our passengers with the best possible on-board experience.”
The 787 Dreamliner has proven to be one of the most popular aircraft in the airline’s fleet, with Qatar Airways working closely with Boeing to ensure attention was focused on the details, including on the 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins and the specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured in a 1–2–1 format with 22 seats, while Economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class can be fully reclined.
The 787 features large dimmable windows, which are more than 30 percent larger than those on other similarly sized aircraft, and a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, along with a gaseous filtration system to help keep the air fresher and reduce air travel fatigue.
Qatar Airways’ 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers. In addition, the airline offers an award-winning iTouch control unit, over 1,000 movie, programming and audio entertainment options, an iPort, USB port, remote data outlet, a custom designed culinary offering, plenty of storage space for personal items and more – all available in both cabin classes.
Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 139 aircraft flying to 145 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.