Daedaeg From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 661 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4545 times:
I received this info from a Boeing internal newswire. I'm not sure if this has been made public yet. Unfortunately I can't provide a link because it's on a internal server.
Boeing hosts Qatar Airways CEO in Seattle
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker made his first visit to Seattle Thursday. His day included meetings with the entire Boeing Commercial Airplanes leadership team, led by President and CEO Alan Mulally, as well as in-depth discussions with 787 program representatives. He also received a customer support briefing from Lou Mancini, head of Commercial Aviation Services. Al Baker has made several public statements indicating Qatar Airways' strong interest in the 787 Dreamliner becoming an integral part of the airline's fleet planning. "We are excited by Qatar Airways' business plan, and we are committed to ensuring their full satisfaction with a Boeing solution," Mulally said.
Here's a pic of Mr. Akbar Al Baker on a Boeing motorcycle. Alan is standing in the background. I didn't even know there was a Boeing motorcycle.
Anyway, do you guys think a 787 order could potentially follow?
NYC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 5834 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4341 times:
It sounds like they're in the final stages of an order negotiation. When the two heads meet I think it means something. I think they're going to order the 787-900 and Boenig is going to stretch it to 280-290 seats.
Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4285 times:
But, QR's A330s are still being delievered, so I wonder if they would use them side by side with the A330s or if the 787 will replace them.
No B787 will fly until 2008. So of course all their A330s have to be delivered to secure their expansion.
But I wouldn't rule out the A350 yet. On the other hand, QR might want to do something which EK don't - a large B787 order would be good PR for QR.
TransPac From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4060 times:
I didn't even know there was a Boeing motorcycle.
What is that bike anyway? Looks like a Kawasaki logo to the left of Mr. Al Baker's arm. Maybe there is some counter-trade going on, hahahahaha (sorry, lame joke). Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I wouldn't be surprised if QR goes with the 789. Boeing's sales dept is on a roll and those gulf carriers pretty much like to buy anything thats sexy at the moment. And the 787 is one hot mama...