PanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4252 posts, RR: 88 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 18261 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW COMMUNITY MANAGER
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Qatar Airways today announced the airline's firm order for 20 777 commercial jetliners. Qatar will begin to take delivery of its new Boeing 777s -- a mix of 14 777-300ERs (Extended Range) and six 777-200LRs (Longer Range) -- in 2007. The airplane deal is valued at approximately $4.9 billion at list prices. This order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website.
"Qatar Airways continues along a path of profitable growth that is directly tied to our consummate service and dedication to our customers," said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker. "I know our passengers will be thrilled seeing the Boeing 777 in Qatar Airways livery and they can look forward to our maximizing the comfort of the airplane's roomy cabin across our network, but particularly on new long-haul routes."
Lotsamiles From United States of America, joined May 2005, 323 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17899 times:
Boeing has just pulled back on the news release - very strange!
Press Release Source: Boeing
/K I L L K I L L K I L L -- Boeing/
Monday July 17, 8:42 am ET
We are advised by Boeing that journalists and other readers should disregard the news release, Boeing (NYSE: BA - News) and Qatar Airways Finalize Deal for 20 Boeing 777s, issued earlier today over PR Newswire.
The retraction of the QR thing is quite bizarre. I guess the simple explanation is that it was meant to have its own press conference and big event and be released then, and someone stuffed up and released the press release early...
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Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3180 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17455 times:
Interesting, one forum member earlier hinted that the unidentified order was for Etihad (and he works for them). So maybe this order is still coming too. In any case, EY's CEO tells Gulfnews that the decision between 350 and 787 is still open, but that they definitely need more capacity in that class.
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NYC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 5895 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17043 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 15): So the Lionair thing is still news, but the Qatar story is premature? Or are they simply going to wait for the ink to dry in order to prevent any further false hopes based on "commitments"?
It's the former. The 20 777s has been on Boeing's order book for sometime now. Qatar was just waiting for Farnborough to announce the order. It seems like someone in Boeing's PR department got a little too excited and probably sent out the wrong release. Someone was downing a few too many at the local pub it seems.
I believe that to be the case as it was released prior to their scheduled briefing.
Quoting DL021 (Reply 15): Or are they simply going to wait for the ink to dry in order to prevent any further false hopes based on "commitments"?
There shouldn't be given that from the press release that I copied it stated that;
Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Thread starter): This order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website.
which means that deposits had been paid and it met Boeings order booking chriteria. However, it is my understanding that the 777 announcement is not the only announcement that QR have planned and by releasing it early QR may have wished for a dual announcement.
N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6576 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 16778 times:
According to The Wall Street Journal (fair use excerpt):
A Qatar Airways spokeswoman said the press conference was canceled because the chief executive was unwell. She declined to comment on the earlier Boeing statement. She said a press conference may be rescheduled in the next day or two, but there was no certainty of that.
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JoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2270 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 16754 times:
Quoting NYC777 (Reply 16): It's the former. The 20 777s has been on Boeing's order book for sometime now. Qatar was just waiting for Farnborough to announce the order. It seems like someone in Boeing's PR department got a little too excited and probably sent out the wrong release. Someone was downing a few too many at the local pub it seems.
Hang on, wasn't there supposed to have been a press conference at 13:00LT by QR? That time has passed... did the conference even take place?