Posted on May 21, 2016

Qatar Airways has said it has received its 50th Boeing 777, taking the total count of aircraft in operation to more than 180 single aisle and widebody aircraft. The Doha-based carrier operates the Boeing 777 to a host of destinations including Houston, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, which are some of its longest destinations as measured by flight hours.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “We place passenger comfort and the flying experience at the forefront of our aircraft programme, and with the introduction of the Boeing 777 into the fleet just under a decade ago, our crew and passengers have come to know how comfortable and spacious the cabins are. “We are proud to fly the Boeing 777 and this milestone in our fleet is a mark of the success we have had with Boeing and Qatar Airways’ fleet programme.”

More than 35 percent of the airline’s route network is operated with a Boeing 777, he said in a statement. When Qatar Airways’ first Boeing 777 order was made in 2006, the airline’s network reached just over 50 destinations. Now a decade later, with more than 150 destinations, the Boeing 777 has formed a core part of the fleet, the carrier added. Qatar Airways is one of the world’s largest operators of the Boeing 777, with the airline mostly deploying it on long and ultra-long haul routes.

It recently announced the 777 will serve Auckland, New Zealand, from the airline’s hub in Doha, making it the longest commercial route in the world at 18 hours and 20 minutes.

source: Arabian Business