Qatar Airways orders 6 Boeing 777 aircraft worth $1.7 bn

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Qatar Airways has ordered six additional Boeing 777-300 long-haul aircraft, worth $1.7 billion at list prices, the US aerospace giant said on Monday in the first major commercial deal announced at the Paris International Airshow.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of energy-rich Qatar, has a fleet of 97 aircraft and major ambitions to be a global player.

Prior to Monday's announcement, it had orders for 182 planes, including options. These include 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 29 Boeing 777s, eight Airbus A321 and five Airbus 380-800 superjumbos.

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