Under-fire aircraft manufacturer Airbus has been dealt another blow, after Qatar Airways confirmed plans to take delivery of a further 20 Boeing 777s. The airline will run 40 Boeings in total.
“We placed a firm order for the first 20, but we are planning to buy 40 all together,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed, scotching concerns that the US$4.9 billion deal had been aborted, after Boeing removed a press release for the order from its website earlier this month.
“We were a solely Boeing fleet until 1997, after that we converted to Airbus and now we are keen to operate Boeings again. We have also ordered a large number of Airbus A350s, and we certainly need both models to serve our large expansion plans.”