10-Sep-2010 11:29 AM

Boeing to open headquarters in Qatar

Boeing Middle East President, Paul Kinscherff, stated Qatar will soon have a fully-fledged Boeing facility, to cater for the growing demand for its aircraft in the country (Gulf News/Qatar Tribune, 10-Sep-2010). Mr Kinscherff said: "Currently, Boeing is operating from Dubai, but given the circumstances, opening a full-fledged office in Qatar has become a necessity. And it is going to become a reality soon." Qatar Airways this year has taken delivery of eight B777, with more deliveries (including B787s) planned, contributing to a substantial increase in the number of Boeing aircraft in Qatar. The nation has also acquired Boeing military aircraft.

Boeing: "Given the massive investment made by Qatar Airways in planes, there is an urgent need of field infrastructure for the upkeep of aircraft. You cannot keep your aircraft stranded for a long time. That is basic economics. It has to remain airworthy to make profits but that needs manpower and spares for its upkeep," Paul Kinscherff, Middle East President. Source: Gulf News/Qatar Tribune, 10-Sep-2010.