Qatar Airways Cargo adds to its existing fleet

During the order announcement, the GCEO of Qatar Airways took a swipe at Delta CEO Richard Anderson, over the ongoing subsidies row.
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Qatar Airways ordered 10 Boeing 777-8X jetliners and four B777 freighters at the Paris Airshow last week.

The total order is worth $4.8 billion at list prices.

Qatar Airways now has 60 aircraft from the B777X family on order.

Akbar Al Baker, GCEO of Qatar Airways, said: “Acquiring technologically-advanced airplanes such as the 777X is integral to our expansion strategy. 

“With the addition of these 777-8X to the 50 777-9X already on order, we are confident of continuing the tremendous legacy of the 777.

“The order for four 777 Freighters underpins the value that this airplane has also brought to our rapidly growing cargo operations.

"Qatar Airways Cargo is an integral part of the Qatar Airways Group and we look forward to enhancing the existing fleet with next-generation aircraft.”

According to a Reuters report, during the announcement Al Baker also took a swipe at Delta CEO Richard Anderson, who has accused  Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways of receiving state subsidies.

"I hope that the gentleman at Delta knows that we are creating even more jobs in the United States by ordering more airplanes," said Al Baker.

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