Chief Executive expects its airline to be the first to operate the Boeing 777-9

Doha - Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker hopes that Qatar Airways will be the first airline in the world to operate the Boeing 777-9 in 2020.

Qatar Airways has currently 60 Boeing 777X (50, -9 and ten, -8 variants) on order with Boeing. The Qatari carrier is the world's second largest customer of the U.S. manufacturer's new generation wide-body jet, after another Gulf-based carrier Emirates Airlines (115, -9 and 35, -8 variants).

The airline currently operates 73 Boeing 777 of the previous generation (nine 777-200LR, 48 777-300ER, and 16 777-F).

Carsten Spohr, the Lufthansa Group CEO, recently said that Lufthansa would take the delivery of the first Boeing 777-9 in 2020 and deploy it in the airline's home base Frankfurt International Airport.

Last year, Boeing had announced that the German flag carrier would have been the launch customer of the Boeing 777-9.

Boeing was expected to make the public debut of the first Boeing 777-9 on March 13 but canceled it due to the MAX 8 crash in Ethiopia that occurred on March 10.

The manufacturer introduced the aircraft to its employees only with a humble ceremony instead.


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