With reporting from Victoria Scott
Qatar Airways is now only second to Japan’s All Nippon Airways in having the most 787s in its fleet, according to USA Today.
The carrier expects to receive five more of the aircraft in the coming years, with options to buy 30 additional 787s.
The new planes will be on display at the Dubai Air Show, which began today.
In a statement, the national carrier’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said:
“When we first decided to include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in our fleet plans, it was a decision purely based on optimal efficiency and providing the very latest in aircraft cabin aerodynamics and features.
Our passengers have been very pleased with the inflight experience, and it is a welcome addition to our fleet that in total flies to 152 destinations globally.”
The 787 has bigger windows compared to other planes, and is fitted with digital tinting rather than blinds. The cabin also has higher humidity than is normal to improve passenger comfort.
However, at 17.2 inches the carrier offers one of the smallest economy seats of all 787 operating airlines.
This continues to be a sticking point for many aviation buffs, some of whom tried out the newest Dreamliner’s seats last week.
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Separately, many of the airline’s 777 fleet have recently been redesigned to incorporate ten-across seating in economy, which at 17 inches brings it in line with the Dreamliner’s narrower seats.
At the time, aviation experts called the move a cost-cutting measure.
But the carrier said it had decided to add the extra seating in the economy cabin due to “ever-increasing passenger demand across a range of Qatar Airways routes coupled with new developments in slimline seating.”