Qatar Airways is showcasing its latest Boeing 787 at the Paris Air Show, after taking delivery of its sixth aircraft June 15.
“It is just off the line. We took delivery of it in Everett on Saturday and it has come straight here to Paris,” Qatar Airways spokeswoman Madonna Walsh told ATW during a tour of the new aircraft.
Qatar has 30 firm orders and 25 options for the 787, taking it to a total fleet of 55 aircraft once the order is completed. The aircraft features luxurious business class suites and an economy class cabin fitted with dual-touch inflight entertainment with a 10.6-inch screen and full connectivity.
“We will be announcing some new 787 routes very soon, later in the summer,” said Walsh. “They might be existing routes that we are putting the 787 on.” This year Qatar has already announced new services to Chengdu, the Philippines and Addis Ababa.
At a separate media briefing to announce an order for nine Boeing 777-300ERs, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker confirmed plans to serve Philadelphia, Atlanta and Detroit, plus boosting Chicago to daily.
“Hopefully we will announce more destinations to the USA and increased frequencies to the destinations we already fly to,” Al Baker said.
Qatar is aiming to complete its oneworld integration by the end of September, in time to formally launch their alliance membership from the beginning of October.
By Victoria Moores