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PICTURE: Qatar Airways puts first 777F into service

Qatar Airways has started operations with its first Boeing 777 freighter, the first of three due to be delivered to the Middle Eastern carrier.

The Doha-based airline's cargo fleet had previously comprised three Airbus A300-600Fs.

Qatar Airways' first 777F has been put into service today, with a flight to Amsterdam, following delivery in the last few days.

The General Electric GE90-powered aircraft brings the carrier's fleet to 83. It will be used on routes including Lahore, Karachi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Amman and Hong Kong.

QR 777F
 Source: Qatar Airways

"It's an opportune time to be introducing more cargo capacity to our fleet as the state of Qatar is growing at a phenomenal pace," says Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways will take delivery of all its 777Fs by mid-2011.

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