Qatar Gets its Fourth C-17

Boeing delivered the fourth C-17 transport for the Qatari Emiri Air Force during a ceremony at the company’s production facility in Long Beach, Calif., announced the company. The handover took place on Dec. 10, completing the Middle East nation’s order for two additional C-17s on top of the two that it received in 2009. Qatar took possession of its third airlifter earlier this year. “The C-17’s reliability, along with its unique strategic and tactical capabilities, has expanded our reach and ability to support missions worldwide on a moment’s notice,” said Brig. Gen. Ahmed al Maliki, head of Qatar’s airlift committee, in Boeing’s release. He added, “Doubling our fleet strengthens our ability to support humanitarian, disaster-relief and peacekeeping missions.” Qatar’s C-17s have supported NATO operations in Libya, and delivered relief for drought victims in Kenya. With this delivery, Boeing has now supplied 249 C-17s worldwide, including 218 to the US Air Force.