At the Paris Air Show (17-23 June), Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker announced the purchase order for nine Boeing 777-300ER jets in a deal worth up to $2.8bn at current list prices. The order for the additional aircraft, which is an extended range version of Boeing 777, will help the airline open up new routes and add capacity to existing markets. “With its reliability, economics and range capability, the 777 will continue to play a key role in enabling Qatar Airways to operate more direct non-stop flights from our hub in Doha to destinations in many markets including Australasia and the United States,” the CEO noted, adding: “We have already shown a desire to open up new destinations in the US and the Boeing 777 will further feature in our expansion plans in this part of the world, as well as increasing frequency to other destinations.”