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Boeing delivered the second of eight 777-200LRs (Longer Range) ordered by Qatar Airways on February 24th. A7-BBB took a near 15-hour journey to its new home in Doha with guests on-board who included a selection of journalists from the United States, India and the Gulf and a high-profile delegation of bankers and financiers.
Along with its sister A7-BBA, A7-BBB will operate the Doha – Houston route, linking the energy capitals of the world, which is scheduled for launch on March 30.
Breaking from tradition Qatar Airways has officially named the aircraft “Gaza” in solidarity with civilian victims in the recent conflict in Gaza.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Al Akbar Al Baker said
“I know many of us have been deeply touched by the civilian deaths in the recent bombing of Gaza. Qatar Airways wants to recognise that innocent people, and in particular large numbers of children, were killed in these bomb attacks, and naming our latest aircraft “Gaza” is a symbolic gesture to commemorate and honour these victims.
“The name ‘Gaza’ will fly around the world on Qatar Airways and spread a message of peace and humanity,”
“Qatar Airways customarily names each of its aircraft after place names within the State of Qatar. But we have made an exception in this case,”
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At the start of February, Qatar Airways offered its support to the One Million Candles campaign, an initiative launched by UK resident Manal Timraz in response to the death of 15 of her family members in a single bomb attack on the Gaza Strip. Twelve of those who died were children – the Palestinian woman’s nieces and nephews. Timraz asked that people donate candles to remember the loss of lives on the West Bank and as a peaceful but powerful signal that public opinion in Britain was against such attacks where innocent victims were killed unnecessarily.
High profile donations included that of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who donated a candle to the campaign which grew to involve over 75 countries.
Qatar Airways and Qatar Airways Cargo offered to transport the candles from Britain to the Middle East in sending a peaceful message of support.
Qatar Airways has ordered 17 777-300ERs (Extended Range), five of which have been delivered, and two 777 Freighters for future delivery.