Colgate Gatta-Ora: We are keen to develop relations with the state of Qatar
Selection of our aircraft by Qatar Airways confirms our superiority in the production of cargo aircraft
Travel will return to pre-coronavirus levels by 2024
Modernization of commercial aircraft to use sustainable aviation fuel
Colgate Gata-Ora, President of Boeing in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, confirmed that the company is proud to continue its solid partnership with the State of Qatar, which it started almost two decades ago, adding that its participation in Doha International The DIMDEX 2022 Maritime Exhibition and Defense Conference organized by Doha has recently provided an important platform for the company to emphasize this goal, highlighting the latest technological solutions that have been achieved, especially in the field of defense and security.
In exclusive statements to Al Arab, the president of Boeing in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa described relations with the state of Qatar and Qatar Airways as “well established and valuable”, stressing the desire to develop these relations for the better. of all. parties. He said: “Our co-operation with Qatar Airways began 15 years ago, when the State of Qatar placed an order for 22 Boeing 777s in May 2006, followed by an order for 30,787 Dreamliner aircraft the following year, in addition to the one it operates. “more than 95 Boeing 777. and 787 aircraft, in addition to a cargo fleet comprising more than 25 Boeing 777 cargo aircraft and two 747-8.”
He added that Qatar Airways has ordered 34 of the 777-8 youngsters, the most efficient and capable model in the twin-engine aircraft category, with a payload of up to 118 tonnes, with the option to purchase 16 extras. freight carriers; The first aircraft of this agreement is expected to be delivered in 2027. It has also commissioned two Boeing 777 cargo aircraft, which are currently being manufactured, to meet transport requirements in the short term, in addition to signing a memorandum of understanding. between the two parties to purchase up to 50 737 aircraft.10, the largest model in the 737 MAX class. The memorandum also includes a strong order for 25 737-10 aircraft, with a possible purchase of 25 additional aircraft.
He continued: “These contracts, which are based on our 25-year partnership with Qatar Airways, are extremely important to Boeing. The choice of Qatar Airways for our 777-8 Freighter is a testament to our commitment to creating cargo aircraft that are superior in payload, reliability and fuel efficiency.
The aviation market is recovering
Gata-Ora explained that the aviation sector has made considerable and tremendous progress in the process of recovering from the effects of the Corona pandemic, and Boeing’s expectations reflect the strong belief in market flexibility and its ability to adapt without leaving. from realism to addressing existing challenges, adding, “Last year we witnessed a rapid recovery of passenger traffic. When passengers and governments have confidence in the commitment of airlines to safety and health precautions, given the important and key role of the sector in bringing people together and transporting essential and vital resources and supplies. ”
He said domestic air travel demand rates are the main driver of the global recovery process and regional markets are expected to follow this trend by easing travel restrictions, followed by the return of international travel for long-haul flights. at pre-crisis levels by 2023 or 2024. This gradual recovery in demand for more than 800 new 737 MAX aircraft since December 2020 has supported local, regional and international markets. Our expectations show that the demand for wide-body aircraft may take a longer time to return to levels consistent with the recovery of international air traffic.
The Middle East is a global hub
He noted that the Middle East region continues to play its role as a global hub, especially for emerging markets in Southeast Asia, China and Africa. Transportation continues to grow. We also expect the fleet to double in size, as the number of cargo aircraft in the Middle East reached 80 aircraft in 2019; Expectations show that this number will reach 150 aircraft by 2040. It is also expected that the number of airliners in the region will reach 3530 jet aircraft, with the increase in demand for travel and air transport services and consequently the continuous increase of the need for maintenance, repair and spare parts services to meet the needs of aviation fleet renewal and construction. Therefore, the region needs 223,000 new aviation staff, including 54,000 pilots, 51,000 technicians and 91,000 cabin crew members.
Regarding the consequences of current global events and their impact on aircraft fuel prices, he said: “Boeing continues to work to meet geopolitical challenges as the current situation develops, as working teams attach great importance to the safety of partners. in the region. as the conflict continues in Ukraine, and Boeing continues to strive to increase its dependence on fuel. complete carbon neutrality by 2050.
Gata-Ora added, “We have already made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our work and production facilities, in addition to our work to build new generations of aircraft. Boeing has been able to achieve carbon neutrality at its facilities and plants since 2020 by relying on energy-saving and renewable energy methods, as well as finding ways to responsibly address the remaining emissions of greenhouse gases.
He noted that sustainable fuels are a key factor in significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the long run, something that aviation technologies have not yet achieved; This fuel has an extraordinary ability to reduce aircraft emissions during long flights over the coming decades. Boeing has also cooperated globally for more than ten years with airlines, government agencies, research centers, sustainable aviation fuel companies, and other stakeholders in order to develop and adopt methods for producing this fuel. In February 2022, Boeing announced an agreement with Epic Fuels to supply two million gallons (7.5 million liters) of mixed aviation solid fuel to power its commercial fleet in Washington and South Carolina; In what is the largest purchase of sustainable aviation fuel from an aircraft manufacturer ever, he stressed that Boeing is committed to modernizing commercial aircraft to be able to use 100% sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.
and carbon emissions
“At Boeing, we focus on achieving the principles of sustainability, as we seek to support and implement the aviation sector’s goals of achieving carbon neutral growth by 2020 and a commitment to achieving complete carbon neutrality by the year 2050, “said the president. Boeing’s Middle East Carbon emissions in industry have been kept to a minimum, maintaining the connection and economic and social benefits that air travel offers to people around the world through fleet renewal, network efficiency (including air traffic management) and sustainable aviation fuels.
737 Maximum crisis
Colgate Ghatta-Aura stressed that safety is a priority and a key factor in the success of the aviation sector, so the industry takes new steps after each accident to improve the safety reality for all our passengers. These continuous improvements over the last 50 years have transformed the aviation industry into the safest way to travel. 185 out of 195 countries have returned these aircraft to service since December 2020. More than 35 international airlines continue to operate this model, which has completed more than 350,000 commercial flights and completed more than 875,000 flight hours, staying on schedule with 99%%.