Qatar Airways makes headlines with new GE Aviation partnership

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Qatar Airways recently signed a number of ground-breaking agreements with GE Aviation for GE engines.

The Qatari national carrier has selected the GEnx engine to power its 30 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft and has also inked a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the engines. Further to this, Qatar Airways has settled a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement for MRO services on its GE9X engine fleet that will power 60 Boeing 777X aircraft. The agreements are valued at over $5 billion.

A signing ceremony between chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker and vice chairman, GE, and president and CEO, GE Aviation, David Joyce was held yesterday at the White House in Washington DC, in the presence of US President, Donald Trump and Amir of the State of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

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Al Baker spoke on the prolific occasion: “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,” Joyce declared. “Yesterday’s 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.”

The engine selection and services orders will draw heavily on GE Aviation’s American manufacturing footprint and many US based suppliers. GE Aviation employs about 27,000 employees in the US at more than 50 locations in close to 20 states.