Qatar Airways and GE Aviation have signed multiple agreements for GE engines. As part of the agreements, Qatar Airways selected the GEnx engine to power its 30 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft along with a TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the engines. Qatar Airways also signed a TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement for MRO services on its GE9X engine fleet that will power 60 Boeing 777X aircraft. The agreements are valued at over US$5 billion.
A signing ceremony between Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and GE Vice Chairman and GE Aviation President and Chief Executive Officer David Joyce was held recently at the White House in Washington DC and witnessed by US President Donald Trump and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar.
Al Baker said, “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.”
Joyce added, “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. 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 U.S. based suppliers. GE Aviation employs about 27,000 employees in the US at more than 50 locations in close to 20 states.