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Boeing launches B-777/8F and Qatar Airways orders up to 50 units

Also signed MoU for up to 50 B-737/10 planes, the largest 737 MAX jet

Boeing launched yesterday the new B-777/8 Freighter and expanded its 777X and freighter families of jetliners with an order for up to 50 aircraft from one of the world's largest cargo carriers, Qatar Airways.

The airline will be the B-777/8 Freighter launch customer with a firm order for 34 jets and options for 16 more, a total purchase that would be worth more than $20 billion at current list prices and the largest freighter commitment in Boeing history by value. The order also supports hundreds of US suppliers from across 38 States, will sustain more than 35,000 US jobs, and provide the American economy with an annual estimated economic impact of $2.6 billion during the contract's delivery period.

Featuring advanced technology from the new 777X family and the proven performance of the market-leading 777 Freighter, the 777/8 Freighter will be the largest, longest-range and most capable twin-engine freighter in the industry. With payload capacity nearly identical to the 747/400 Freighter and an improvement in fuel efficiency, emissions and operating costs, the 777/8 Freighter will enable a more sustainable and profitable business for operators.

At the White House, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, His Excellency Ambassador Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of the White House National Economic Council Brian Deese, and Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun joined the formal signing by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, who reaffirmed the airline's commitment to the 777X family with the record-breaking 777/8 Freighter deal. First delivery of the new freighter is anticipated in 2027.

The company is designing the 777/8 Freighter, the newest member of the 777X family, to maximize efficiency and environmental performance. The widebody family features engineering design improvements and innovative technologies, including a new carbon-fiber composite wing and new fuel-efficient engines. With a range of 4,410 nautical miles (8,167 km), the 777/8 Freighter has a maximum structural payload of 118 tonnes, allowing customers to make fewer stops and reduce landing fees on long-haul routes.

The US industry will build the B-777/8 Freighter in its Everett, Wash., factory. The company has invested more than $1 billion into the Everett site to support 777X production and sustain thousands of local jobs for decades to come.

As part of this agreement, Qatar Airways will convert 20 of its 60 B-777X family orders to the 777/8 Freighter. Qatar Airways is also ordering two current B-777Fs to capitalize on the buoyant air cargo market. Customers from around the world have ordered more than 300 Freighters since the program began in 2005.

Both also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a firm order of 25 B-737/10 aircraft and purchase rights for 25 additional airplanes. The total value of this 737/10 commitment is nearly $7 billion at current list prices. The largest model in the MAX family, the 737/10 seats up to 230 passengers in a single-class configuration and can fly up to 3,300 miles.

An international carrier with a passenger fleet including B-777 and B-787 Dreamliner airplanes and an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 747 and 777 freighters, Qatar Airways serves more than 140 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency