Qatar to have Boeing facility soon

Paul Kinscherff, the company's president for the Middle East told a local newspaper that given the circumstances opening a full-fledged office in Qatar has become a necessity.
Boeing is currently operating from Dubai.

Kinscherff told Qatar's Tribune that the number of Boeing aircraft in Qatar had gone up substantially in the recent past and the trend was expected to continue.
"Given the massive investment made by Qatar Airways in planes, there is an urgent need of field infrastructure for the upkeep of aircraft," Kinscherff said.

"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," he said.

Qatar Airways, the country's national carrier, this year received eight Boeing 777 aircraft and more are in the pipeline.

According to Kinscherff, Qatar Airways, which has also placed orders for Boeing's Dreamliner 787, is well poised for a massive growth in the aviation sector.

The Dreamliner 787 is expected to make its commercial debut in the first quarter of 2011.
Even though Qatar Airways is Boeing's leading customer in Qatar, the country has also bought a couple of the massive tactical airlifter C-17 Globemaster III produced by the company.

The Middle East, China and India had helped the aviation sector beat the recession, Kinscherff was quoted as saying.

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