Thu, Feb 26, 2009
Middle East Carrier Has 17 Triple-7s On Order
Earlier this week, Boeing delivered the second of eight
long-range 777-200LR jetliners that have been ordered by Qatar
Airways. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett in the early
afternoon on a shuttle flight of more than 14 hours to its new
operational base at Doha International Airport.
The 777-200LR is the longest-range commercial airliner currently
As ANN reported, Boeing established a new
world record for nonstop distance travelled by a commercial
airplane in October 2005, when a 777-200LR "Worldliner" landed at
London Heathrow after a 22-hour, 42-minute flight that spanned
almost 12,000 nautical miles.
Qatar Airways is one of Boeing's biggest customers for the 777
line. To date, the airline has ordered 17 777-300ERs (Extended
Range), five of which have been delivered, and two 777 Freighters
for future delivery.
The first Boeing 777-200LR to join the airline's fleet arrived
in Doha February 8.
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