Qatar is to boost its fleet of C-17 strategic transports to total eight aircraft, Boeing confirmed on the opening day of the show.

The Qatar Emiri Air Force already has four of the giant airlifters in service. “We are very please with the C-17s, and look forward to doubling our fleet to enhance worldwide operations,” says deputy commander Gen Ahmed Al-Malki. The service introduced its first example in 2009.

A purchase agreement was “recently signed” by Boeing and the Qatar government, the manufacturer says. Its last C-17 will soon roll off the assembly line in Long Beach, California, ending a 279-unit production run.

Source: Flight Daily News