July 11, 2019: Qatar Airways and GE Aviation signed multiple agreements valued at over $5 billion at a signing ceremony on July 9 at the White House and witnessed by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and US president Donald Trump.
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.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker and GE vice chairman and GE Aviation president and chief executive officer David Joyce signed the agreements.
“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,” said Al Baker.
“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.
H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar & US President Donald Trump witness another signing ceremony as Qatar Airways signed multiple agreements on GEnx & GE9X engines. The GEnx engine will power its 30 new B787-9 aircraft & multi-year maintenance deals. pic.twitter.com/VNzn4EOE9G— Salam Al Shawa (@salam_shawa) July 9, 2019