Qatar Airways has stated that they will not be cancelling their orderbook of 60 B777X aircraft and will be receiving their first B777X aircraft in 2022 with deliveries expected through to 2029 as reported by AirlineRatings.
The CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker stated “It is a very good airplane and we will take them all for fleet replacements”
Qatar Airways Fleet Composition (As at 08 September 2020)
The aircraft was set to be delivered by the end of 2019, but engine issues resulted in delays which now seems like a blessing in disguise as airlines wouldn’t have necessarily wanted to take in these large-capacity aircraft during the Pandemic.
Emirates has the largest orderbook for the B777X aircraft with Qatar Airways taking second place, but that might change as airlines around the world have either swapped larger aircraft for smaller capacity aircraft, cancel orders or defer delivery dates due to the dampened demand caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Boeing 777X Orderbook (As at 08 September 2020)
Emirates had earlier ordered 150 of the aircraft type, but this figure reduced to 115 as they swapped it for the B787s and last month it was reported by Bloomberg that the airline was looking to swap more B777X for B787s, depending on the reduction of the orderbook this might mean Qatar Airways becomes the largest operator of the B777X.
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“When Borders Don’t Matter”
Final Year Aviation Management Student at Coventry University.