Boeing Flies The 777X To Doha Following Dubai Airshow

The Boeing 777X made its public debut at the Dubai Airshow this week, attracting praise from numerous key members of the aviation community. After being on display at the home of Emirates, the largest customer of the widebody, with 115 units on order, it flew to Doha for Qatar Airways to admire.

The Boeing 777X is set to be a prominent name this decade. Photo: Getty Images

A hop along the Gulf

Qatar Airways has 60 Boeing 777X aircraft on order. While this is around half as many that Emirates has on its books, the figure makes the flag carrier of Qatar the second-largest customer of the jet.

After impressing the public for a week at the Dubai Airshow, registration N779XW left the UAE on Wednesday morning to land in Doha just 45 minutes later. It covered a distance of just 197 NM (364 km).

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The aircraft took off from Dubai at 08:22 GST to land in Doha at 08:07 AST. Photo: RadarBox.com

This arrival follows a 777X-related statement from Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker this week. He said that the airline is closely looking at the 777X to fulfill cargo requirements for the future. Overall, the company is eyeing up the chances of the plane joining the 30 777Fs already in its cargo fleet.

“We are seriously looking at placing a large cargo order, a freighter order, because … as we are also growing our freight business, we need to be sustainable in that and we are going to imminently place a large freighter order,” Al Baker stated, as reported by Reuters.

“Of course, I cannot tell you with whom we are going to place the order. But one thing I can say is that the proposal we have received from Boeing is very attractive to the airline.”

Al Baker added that performance is always the priority over price. With this in mind, he expresses that the product in development will outperform current models in the airline’s holdings.

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Promising prospects

Qatar Airways expects to receive the first passenger variant of the 777X in 2023. Following a series of plan changes, Boeing determined that this is the year that it aims to first deliver the unit. However, schedules are subject to certification.

Overall, it was revealed this summer that Qatar Airways was ready to place a new freighter order. The carrier was also keeping a close eye on the progression of the A350 freighter during the same period.

With the 777X finally making its rounds around the globe and landing in the capital of its home country, perhaps Qatar Airways may have been swayed by Boeing. Nonetheless, even on a passenger level, the airline will be glad to see the progress made with the 777X following timeline concerns over the last few years.

What are your thoughts about the Boeing 777X arriving in Doha? What do you make of the plane’s program so far? Let us know what you think of the jet and its prospects in the comment section.


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