Over the coming four years Qatar Airways is going to retire its entire fleet of Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER aircraft.
It will replace these with brand-new Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 respectively – the latest variants, which form the 777X range.
At present, Qatar Airways operates nine Boeing 777-200LR and 48 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – some of which are only a year old at present. These will be replaced by ten 777-8 and 50 777-9.
The current 777-200LR fleet is equipped to operate longer-haul routes – something the 777-8 is designed to do.
In addition to retiring its Boeing 777s, Qatar Airways will also retire all of its other aircraft, including its Airbus A320s, A330s in the near term. Its Airbus A380s will retire by 2028, and its Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 fleets in the not-too-distant future. It’s not certain at this stage, however, what the future of the Airbus A350 fleet holds.
Qatar will then be an all-Boeing 777X operator with no short/medium haul narrowbodies, and no superjumbos.
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker told Executive Traveller: “We are very conscious about our emissions and we are very keen to keep on introducing fuel-efficient aeroplanes.”
A few of the new 777-9 aircraft may feature brand new, small ultra-luxury cabins for use on a few routes, such as London and Paris.