This week it has been revealed that Qatar Airways has scheduled its first services to operate using its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
This article will cover the details surrounding Qatar’s latest addition to its fleet and its first set of destinations that it will be operating the frame to.
Qatar Airways 737 MAX Operations
As per data from AeroRoutes, Qatar Airways has scheduled its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations, of which the Middle Eastern carrier currently has two of the type, which were delivered back in late April and early May.
Their two Boeing 737 MAX 8s so far are registered as A7-BSC and A7-BSE. Their new 737 MAXs have a seating configuration of a total of 176 seats broken down as eight business class seats and 168 economy class seats.
The carrier is due to operate a total of nine Boeing 737 MAX 8s, all on lease. This is before they begin to take delivery of 25 larger Boeing 737 MAX 10s that they placed an order for back at Farnborough Airshow in 2022.
At the Farnborough Airshow, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer, Stan Deal, said, “We are honored that Qatar Airways has decided to add Boeing’s single-aisle family to its fleet, deepening our relationship with this world-class airline.”
“The 737-10 is ideally suited for Qatar Airways’ regional network and will provide the carrier with the most capable, most fuel-efficient airplane in its class.”
Qatar has selected three destinations that its Boeing 737 MAX 8s will initially operate to, those are Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait City in Kuwait, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi will be operated on a five-daily basis from June 1, then from 1 July will be a mix of four or five daily. Kuwait City will be operated on a two to three-daily basis being the first service to start from May 9. Finally, Sharjah will be operated on a one to two-daily basis from June 1, then increase to four daily from July 1.