Qatar Airways, GE Aviation sign agreements worth over USD5 billion
_A Monitor Report16 Jul, 2019 | 283 Views|-+
Doha : Qatar Airways and GE Aviation signed multiple deals valued at over USD5 billion at a ceremony on July 9 at the White House where Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and US president Donald Trump were present.
Qatar Airways selected the GEnx engine to power its 30 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft along with a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the engines. Qatar Airways also signed a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement for MRO services on its GE9X engine fleet that will power 60 Boeing 777X aircraft.
Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways and David Joyce, Vice Chairman, President and CEO of GE Aviation signed the agreements on behalf of their respective organisations.
Al Baker said, "Qatar Airways has ambitious plans for the future and we are delighted to have GE beside us as we embark on this journey together. These contracts for the GE engines that will power our Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 777X aircraft further cement the strong relationship between Qatar Airways and GE."
"Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and GE Aviation is proud to collaborate with Qatar Airways and play a significant role in their growth. The signing will increase Qatar's GEnx-powered B787 fleet to 60 aircraft and ensure the airlines' GEnx and GE9X engines receive the highest level of maintenance and support," said Joyce.
The engine selection and services orders will draw heavily on GE Aviation's American manufacturing footprint and many US based suppliers.