Boeing and the government of Qatar announced at the Paris Air Show that Qatar would buy four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters, according to a Boeing news release. Qatar currently operates a fleet of four C-17s.
Qatar was the first customer in the Middle East to order the big airlifter, which has been in operation since 1991. Boeing delivered two C-17s to Qatar in 2009, and two more in 2012.
“We are very pleased with the C-17s from Boeing and look forward to doubling our fleet to enhance worldwide operations,” said Gen. Ahmed Al-Malki, Deputy Commander, Qatar Emiri Air Force and Chairman of The Airlift Committee.
“We’re confident the additional C-17s will significantly increase the QAF’s ability to support the people of Qatar and their allies with transport, airdrop and humanitarian missions,” said Tommy Dunehew, vice president of International Customer Service and Sales for Boeing Military Aircraft. “Boeing stands ready to support, sustain and maintain Qatar’s expanded fleet of C-17s to keep their planes mission ready.”