Boeing Delivers Three 777 Freighters To Qatar Airways

On December 31st, three Boeing 777 Freighters took off from Everett, Washington, and arrived in Doha, Qatar, on January 1st to mark a somewhat rare triple delivery for Qatar Airways. This recent delivery brings the airline’s total freighter fleet to 30. Very soon, these freighters will be introduced on long-haul scheduled routes and cargo charters.

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The three freighters were delivered simultaneously from Boeing facilities to Qatar Airways in Doha. Photo: Qatar Airways

“We deeply appreciate our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways and their confidence in the 777 Freighters as the backbone of their expansive global air cargo operations.” -Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Commercial Sales and Marketing, Boeing via a press release seen by Simple Flying.

Delivery flight details

The three 777 freighters, or 777Fs, departed Boeing’s 777 assembly facilities in Everett on December 31st at 12:28, 12:36, and 12:49 local time. The three aircraft are registered as follows:

  • A7-BFV (MSN 66340/1658)
  • A7-BFW (MSN 66341/1662)
  • A7-BFX (MSN 66870/1664)

The flight time was just over 14 hours, and saw the aircraft arrive in Doha on January 1st, just before 14:00, local time.

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The aircraft flew through Canada, over the North Pole, and south through Central-Eastern Europe and Turkey. Photo: 

“With the arrival of these new freighters, we are injecting much needed capacity in the market helping support global supply chains at a critical time during the pandemic. The added capacity will enable us to support the logistics around the COVID-19 vaccination which is projected to be one of the greatest logistical challenges for the industry…With our investments in innovation and fleet, we are able to fulfil our customers’ logistical requirements and support the continuity of global trade.” – His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive via the press release.

Joining the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet

As mentioned above, the delivery of these three jets brings the airline’s total freighter fleet count to 30 freighters, consisting of two Boeing 747 freighters, 24 Boeing 777 Freighters, and four Airbus A330 freighters.

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The Boeing 777 freighters themselves are powered by the General Electric GE90-110B1 and have a revenue payload capability of more than 102 metric tonnes each. According to Boeing, the aircraft can fly 4,970 NM (9,200 km) and carry a full payload of 224,900 lbs (102,010 kg) at general cargo market densities (more than 10 pounds per cubic foot).

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A group photo of the Qatar Airways crew responsible for flying the aircraft to their new home in Doha. Photo: Qatar Airways

In addition to permanent, purpose-built freighters, Qatar Airways has converted six of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to operate cargo-only flights, introducing an additional 137 cubic meters of cargo volume per flight over the lower deck cargo capacity of 156 cubic meters per flight.

Another triple-delivery

While some airlines might opt to take delivery of their new aircraft one at a time, as soon as they’re built, Qatar Airways has chosen triple-deliveries twice this year. In addition to this recent New Year’s Day freighter delivery, the airline accepted three Airbus A350-1000s simultaneously on October 23rd.

For this delivery, the airline had to fly the aircraft a longer and more inefficient route, from Toulouse, France through UK airspace. Qatar is leasing the planes from an undisclosed, UK-based lessor. For all financial matters to be in order, the aircraft needed to spend some time in British airspace.

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