Qatar Airways invests in its fleet
Qatari national carrier invests $120 million in General Electric engine technology and signs ten year maintenance contract with GE Engine Services.
Qatar Airways has selected General Electric’s CF6-80E1 engine to power five firm, three option Airbus Industrie A330-200 aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at $120 million.
The airline also awarded GE Engine Services a 10-year Maintenance Cost Per Hour (MCPH) contract. GE’s MCPH programs maintain engines on a flat rate per engine flight hour basis.
“We completed a very extensive technical evaluation before placing this order,” said Akbar Al-Baker, president and CEO of Qatar Airways. “We selected GE and the CF6-80E1 based on the engine’s outstanding performance and reliability, and the high level of support the company provides its customers.”
Qatar is scheduled to receive its first A330-200 in 2002. The airline will use the long-range, twin-engine A330s on its routes throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
“Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing carriers in the Middle East,” said Muhammad Al-Lamadani, general manager of Eastern & Northern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East for GE. “We are delighted that this airline has decided to make GE such an integral part of its growth. Our commitment is to show them, every day, that they have made the right choice.”