Qatar Airways has ordered 18 Gulfstream aircraft during a ceremony at the White House, witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and US President Donald Trump. The aircraft will be operated by Qatar Executive. The order is worth over $1 billion and includes 14 G650ERs and four Gulfstream G500s.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker says: “We are very pleased to confirm this landmark deal with Gulfstream. Our corporate jet division, Qatar Executive, goes from strength to strength and this commitment to new orders will allow us to offer our bespoke luxury service to even more passengers.”
Qatar Executive has been a Gulfstream customer since October 2014, when the charter service was announced as the international launch customer for the all-new G500 as part of a large fleet agreement that included the G650ER. Since that time, Qatar Executive has progressively increased its Gulfstream orders. This latest one, for a mixed fleet of large-cabin aircraft valued at over $1 billion, further builds on the company's efforts to expand the Gulfstream cabin experience around the world.
To date, Gulfstream has delivered six G650ER and four G500 aircraft to Qatar Executive, including the first two international deliveries of the G500 in December 2018.
As the world's largest owner-operator of the G650ER, Qatar Executive offers passengers a fitted bed, Bluetooth headphones and a private monitor, in addition to a cabin divider that can be closed for privacy.
Qatar Executive currently operates a fleet of 18 private jets, including six Gulfstream G650ERs, four Gulfstream G500s, three Bombardier Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and one Global XRS.