Qatar Airways and Boeing have finalised an order for 50 777-9Xs. The 777X order was first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow and was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history.
In addition, Qatar Airways announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X purchase rights which if exercised, could take its 777X order tally to 100 airplanes, valued at around US $40 billion at list prices.
Qatar Airways also announced its intent to order four 777 Freighters and options for four more, with a combined value of around US $3 billion at list prices.
The 777-9X will be 12 percent more fuel efficient than any competing airplane – necessary in today’s competitive environment. The 777-8X is 5 percent more efficient than its competitor at all ranges while providing for new network opportunities.
Design of the 777X is underway and production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020. To date, the 777X has accumulated 300 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.