Qatar Airways has signed an MoU with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp to buy up to 20 aircraft for its Executive division, including firm orders and options for the new wide-cabin G500 and flagship G650ER.
Flexjet and Qatar Airways are the first airlines to sign up to the new G500, which can fly 5,000nm, linking Doha non-stop with London, Geneva and Paris. It is expected to enter service in 2018.
The longer-range G650ER, which recently received FAA certification, can travel 7,500nm, thereby connecting Doha with New York and Los Angeles.
Akbar Al Baker, group CEO, Qatar Airways, said its private jet fleet is being expanded now “in order to keep pace with the future growth plans”.
The announcement is significant in that Qatar Executive has up to now been closely aligned with Bombardier, operating four Global 5000s – among them two Global 5000 Visions – three Challenger 605s and one Global XRS.
Launched in 2009, Qatar Executive provides high-end air charter services for individuals, families, businesses, corporations and governments.