Qatar Airways sees no new plane orders at UK show

Qatar Airways said on Sunday it will unveil its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time at Farnborough International Air Show in the UK between July 9-15.
The global reveal of the 787 by Qatar Airways, Boeing’s Middle East launch customer of the aircraft, will be a highlight at Farnborough with more than 120,000 visitors expected to flock to the week-long show.
Qatar Airways will have its 787 on static display at the event, which attracts over 1,400 exhibitors of aircraft, equipment and latest technologies across the commercial and defence aerospace industries, the airline said in a statement.
It added that the debut of its new 787 Dreamliner in Qatar Airways’ colours would mark a “significant milestone” as the carrier makes its final preparations to officially receive and commercially introduce the first of 60 aircraft on order this year.
Qatar Airways is due to take delivery of five 787s during 2012.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the launch signals the start of an “exciting new chapter for travel in the Middle East and worldwide”.
“For Qatar Airways, the Farnborough International Air Show provides the perfect opportunity and global platform to proudly reveal our new 787 to the aviation industry and the wider public for the first time,” he said.
“As the Middle East launch customer, we’re very excited that a new era of air travel with an unrivalled passenger experience is imminent, further proving Qatar Airways’ commitment to expand with one of the youngest and technically advanced fleets in the industry.”
Upon entering service, Qatar Airways’ first 787 will initially operate on intra-Gulf routes before making its maiden long-haul commercial flight between Doha and London Heathrow.
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of 109 aircraft from its Doha hub to 116 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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