Qatar Airways has taken delivery of four new aircraft this month, wrapping up an eventful 2009 for the Doha-based airline. With the largest delivery schedule in a single month for Qatar Airways, the two Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft and two Airbus A320s take the airlineâ€™s rapidly-growing fleet size up to 76 aircraft.
Qatar Airways currently has outstanding orders for more than 220 aircraft worth over US$40 billion. With a planned delivery schedule of more than one new aircraft a month over the next few years, the new aircraft deliveries will replace older aircraft and boost the fleet to maintain a young and modern portfolio of planes.
The latest arrivals round up a busy year for Qatar Airways, which saw the airline take delivery of a total of 11 new aircraft; launch four new routes – Houston, Melbourne and two Indian destinations of Amritsar and Goa; order 24 Airbus A320 family of aircraft; and set up a new corporate jet subsidiary, Qatar Executive.
One of the two newly-delivered Boeing 777-200LRs will be used to step up frequency on the recently-launched non-stop Doha â€” Melbourne route from the current three-flights-a-week to daily beginning January 1. The other Boeing 777-200LR has been deployed on flights to the Far East.