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Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:14 am

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Frustrated by endless delays to its Boeing 787 delivery schedule, Qatar Airways is understood to have initiated discussions with Airbus about a major A330 deal.


Qatar Airways has 30 787s on order, and had been expecting to introduce its first five this year, with deliveries slated to continue through 2013 and 2014. But with its 787 deliveries in limbo and Qatar facing a potential capacity shortage, Flightglobal has learnt that talks have begun with Airbus for up to 24 A330s. The airline is seeking deliveries from mid-2013.


Source: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...-deal-in-wake-of-787-delay-377158/

I dont think it will be done; I wonder what this technical issue is with B.
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:32 am

WOW deliveries in 2Q of 2013, that's quick,! most airlines would love that, is the A330 program starting to slow down?
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:46 am

Quoting ZKOJH (Reply 1):
is the A330 program starting to slow down?

Not likely. They've already sold 60 or so this year and there is a substantial backlog. But some older orders are probably more 'fluid' than others (there are lots of A330Fs ordered but not placed, for example, and who knows what'll happen to quite a few A330s on order for various Chinese airlines) so slots in 2013 may not be so hard to create. And if Airbus ever had an incentive to free up slots, this is it!
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:03 am

Maybe we'll see one fly at Le Bourget next year   

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:05 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
I dont think it will be done; I wonder what this technical issue is with B.

I for my part think that Boeing will smooth this out and Qatar will take the frames.
When can Airbus deliver any A330s anyway? Not for a couple of year I would imagine.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:07 am

G´day

Quoting flipdewaf (Reply 3):
Maybe we'll see one fly at Le Bourget next year

parked next to the same Qatar 787 we saw at Farnborough this year?     

Interesting times ahead      


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Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:07 pm

This is just a move designed to put pressure on Boeing...

I highly doubt we will see any more A330's join the QR fleet (and any that do will be due to A350 delays down the road).
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:21 pm

Quoting ZKOJH (Reply 1):



WOW deliveries in 2Q of 2013, that's quick,! most airlines would love that, is the A330 program starting to slow down?

Maybe they started the conversation with Airbus earlier than this "announcement", and reserved slots. After all, delays to their 787s are hardly new.
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:50 pm

I think they are working to have a plan B for the more than possibles delays on A350 and more B787. And at the same time sending a message to Boeing about the B787 delays, lately they are doing a lot of noise about it and specially using this magazine, it looks like the official magazine of Qatar Airways... heheeheh
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:13 pm

Huge gumble.... He's trying to tell Boeing that he has other options, "deliver or else"

but if he does order more A330s and it backfires on him down the road, it could be costly.

My opinion, stick with the 787 and ask Boeing for compensation
 
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:21 pm

As I understand it, the issue with the 787 is the integration of the OnAir Internet system with the THALES IFE system. QR is a GEnx customer, so there may be issues with the fan shaft issue. Both of those are outside of Boeing's control, however, so AAB should be threatening OnAir and THALES with a Panasonic order or GE with a Trent order.

[EDIT]

In fact, QR have said they won't take their 787s until GE fixes the GEnx - http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...L6E8L2AUK20121002?type=marketsNews So QR should be talking to RR about a Trent order if they want traction on this issue.

[Edited 2012-10-02 08:29:44]
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:27 pm

I don't know if it will happen or not, but for Airbus, it's good publicity for sure.
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:53 pm

Quoting PM (Reply 2):
And if Airbus ever had an incentive to free up slots, this is it!

It is good PR, but only a fraction of a year's production.

Quoting Chiad (Reply 4):
I for my part think that Boeing will smooth this out and Qatar will take the frames.

I think QR will take the 787 frames, but they want to expand faster than Boeing could accommodate.

Quoting g500 (Reply 9):
if he does order more A330s and it backfires on him down the road, it could be costly.

How would it be costly? With the new-DOH international airport, QR will finally have room for fast expansion. If Airbus is able to create slot availability, then why shouldn't QR expand with a type they are already familiar with? Most of QR's routes do not require more range than the A333 provides. Save the 787s for Australia, the Americas, and a few other routes.

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:25 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
But with its 787 deliveries in limbo and Qatar facing a potential capacity shortage

Potential capacity shortage? Like seriously?
What are they going to do in the low travel season. Sale sale sale....global sale every month?

Flew BKK-DOH-CPH and CDG-DOH-BKK back in MAY, not even half full on any of the flights. DOH-CPH was 1/4 full, the 330-200 was so empty. CDG-DOH on A340-600 was 1/3.
Flew BKK-DOH-LHR v.v last month...same case on all 4 flights.

With the never ending Euro crisis and global recession, Airlines should be proud to if they can just fill the A330s, not to mention the whale jet A380!!!
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:34 pm

Quoting g500 (Reply 9):
but if he does order more A330s and it backfires on him down the road, it could be costly.

In what way could you see ordering more A330's as a stop-gap "backfiring"?
It must be about as known an entity as it is possible to have, as an existing operator..

As QF002 says, it also provides a mechanism to leverage any deviations in the A350 programme

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:38 pm

Quoting astuteman (Reply 14):
As QF002 says, it also provides a mechanism to leverage any deviations in the A350 programme.

If he's looking at A330-300s, then to me he's hedging against delays of the A350-900, not the 787-8.

[Edited 2012-10-02 09:41:13]
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:40 pm

Quoting astuteman (Reply 14):
In what way could you see ordering more A330's as a stop-gap "backfiring"?

Can an A330 be operated for the same cost as a 787?
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:50 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 16):
Can an A330 be operated for the same cost as a 787?

Can EK operate a 777 for the same cost as an A350-1000?

Answer in both cases is obviously "unlikely"

But if it gets him capacity he otherwise wouldn't get, it may well work out on an NPV basis.

It's not like he doesn't know the plane.

I don't deny this might just be hot air. He does have previous. But I won't fall off my chair if it goes ahead. like some appear to be setting up for..

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:52 pm

I'm mulling over this threat of an A330 order to replace Qatar's Dreamliner order.

What a double whammy it would be if it went ahead....with Rolls donks.   

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:57 pm

Quoting Blueshamu330s (Reply 18):
I'm mulling over this threat of an A330 order to replace Qatar's Dreamliner order.

What a double whammy it would be if it went ahead....with Rolls donks.

I don't know - it would free up and speed up the 787 backlog.
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:01 pm

Quoting astuteman (Reply 17):
Can EK operate a 777 for the same cost as an A350-1000?

That analogy would only have relevance if EK were ordering 777 after A350-100 EIS.
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:02 pm

I don't expect QR to issue a replacement order, since if they cancel the 787 contract, they're going to leave a lot of money on the table in lost deposits and progress payments.

And GE should have new engines ready for QR to get them their planes this year, so if they wait for the A330...

Not saying they won't order A330s, but I am saying I don't see such an order coming at the expense of the 787 order.
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:13 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 21):
Not saying they won't order A330s, but I am saying I don't see such an order coming at the expense of the 787 order.

Agree with this. I think the 787's are secure.

Quoting mham001 (Reply 20):
That analogy would only have relevance if EK were ordering 777 after A350-100 EIS.

Don't necessarily agree with this though.
The NPV principle could apply in both cases, depending on how fast QR want to increase capacity..

as I said, though,

Quoting astuteman (Reply 17):
I don't deny this might just be hot air

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:22 pm

Quoting nethkt (Reply 13):
Flew BKK-DOH-CPH and CDG-DOH-BKK back in MAY, not even half full on any of the flights. DOH-CPH was 1/4 full, the 330-200 was so empty. CDG-DOH on A340-600 was 1/3.
Flew BKK-DOH-LHR v.v last month...same case on all 4 flights.

How much of it is due to people wanting to avoid the airport there when they have better alternative?
I think the new airport will allow QR to finally compete for customer on a level playing field, which they can't today.
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:28 pm

I bet there are a few top level folks at Boeing telling AAB in their heads to "Go on, do it, plenty other operators would love to get their ships earlier than expected, and we'll be rid of your childish outbursts too."
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:06 pm

Quoting garpd (Reply 24):
I bet there are a few top level folks at Boeing telling AAB in their heads to "Go on, do it, plenty other operators would love to get their ships earlier than expected, and we'll be rid of your childish outbursts too."

I like to believe Boeing (and Airbus) are better than that. This is hardly the first time AAB has theatened to cancel a Boeing order in favor of Airbus (or an Airbus order in favor of Boeing). Just seems to be how the man does business, but it's a lucrative business for both OEMs.

Anyway, the issue is with GE engines and QR has a separate contract with GE for those engines. There is really nothing Boeing can do about it, since engines are "customer furnished equipment" just as seats, galleys, IFE and other items are.

GE wins either way, since QR's current A330 fleet is powered by GE CF6 engines and I'd be surprised to see them jumping to the Trent 700.

[Edited 2012-10-02 11:08:19]
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:16 pm

Could it be that rumours are circulating that the 787 isn't performing up to spec?

QR have a fleet of tried and tested 330s. Ordering more is not a gamble.
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:23 pm

Quoting babybus (Reply 26):
Could it be that rumours are circulating that the 787 isn't performing up to spec?

Except the rumors - will, statements from operators, actually - are that the 787 is performing better than spec...
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:23 pm

Quoting g500 (Reply 9):
My opinion, stick with the 787 and ask Boeing for compensation

That's exactly what he's probably doing. "Pay up or you lose our business." At this point, QR would be idiotic to walk away from the 787. They're going to get the airframes for next to free. It's the maintenance that will make Boeing the money.

Airbus is also going to offer their A330-300R which will have 787-like performance, albeit at a higher CASM. Whether that option is available to QR I don't know.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 21):
I don't expect QR to issue a replacement order, since if they cancel the 787 contract, they're going to leave a lot of money on the table in lost deposits and progress payments.

I would imagine that at this level of delay, all of those payments and deposits would be forfeit back to QR. I can't imagine any airline would sign a contract that allows the OEM to delay delivery indefinitely without a clause allowing them to cancel the order completely and get all monies paid back.
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:48 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 27):
Except the rumors - will, statements from operators, actually - are that the 787 is performing better than spec...

A nitpick, but I understood the statements from operators to be more accurately "better than expected".....

Either way, it's the last reason to buy A330's. Availability is a better one. Protection, as you say, against A359 delays is better still  

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:08 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 28):
I can't imagine any airline would sign a contract that allows the OEM to delay delivery indefinitely without a clause allowing them to cancel the order completely and get all monies paid back.

Well Boeing hasn't delayed delivery indefinitely and QR won't take the planes due to the GEnx mid-fan issue and QR has a separate contract with GE for those engines.

So far, only Qantas have stated their contract allowed them to cancel without penalty. AI certainly doesn't have that option, hence all the drama with their deliveries.

And AAB has certainly threatened to cancel the order before (as well as threatening to cancel Airbus orders and go Boeing), yet he's not done so. Ergo, I don't believe he has that clause (or he negotiated it away).
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:25 pm

Quoting Blueshamu330s (Reply 18):
I'm mulling over this threat of an A330 order to replace Qatar's Dreamliner order.

What a double whammy it would be if it went ahead....with Rolls donks.

QR has GE on their A330s. While possible they would switch to RR (better hot/high), I consider that unlikely.

Quoting astuteman (Reply 22):

Quoting astuteman (Reply 17):
I don't deny this might just be hot air

I consider the 787 order cancellation 'hot air.' I do think there is a change QR wishes to accelerate expansion and the A333 would fit that role nicely (at the right price/financing).

IMHO, the timing of the new-DOH airport is pushing quite a bit of this drama.   

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:50 pm

Lightsaber, I'm aware of what QR has hanging from its 330s. I was speculating that it wouldn't be beyond the bounds of possibility that AAB would teach GE a lesson by ordering future A330s with RR.

It's amazing also that, as AAB releases this 'news' to the press in conjunction with the Dreamliner delays, only on a.net could it be spun into meaning it's a speculative move to protect against A350 delays.

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:53 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 30):
Well Boeing hasn't delayed delivery indefinitely and QR won't take the planes due to the GEnx mid-fan issue and QR has a separate contract with GE for those engines.

If there is no delivery date still, then, by definition, delivery is indefinitely delayed. At this point, BOEING has not given a delivery date and as the OEM, they are responsible for that.

I am certain that AI could have canceled their orders but chose not to because they have no alternatives.

However, QR needs the 787. No way around it. The 333 just doesn't have the legs that the 787 has.
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:56 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 34):
At this point, BOEING has not given a delivery date and as the OEM, they are responsible for that.

I expect Boeing has indeed given them a delivery date, QR just doesn't want to take delivery until they have GEnx engines attached that are not susceptible to the fan shaft issue. And that has to come from GE Aviation.

When Airbus started slowing deliveries for A380-800s with Trent 900 due to Rolls having to stop production to apply the fix for the oil pipe issue, I don't recall the forum blaming Airbus for said delays (which is saying something in and of itself, frankly). Nor do I recall Airbus and Boeing being blamed for delays due to waiting for replacement seats for Koito, even though some planes were delayed months.

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Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:48 am

Quoting g500 (Reply 9):
My opinion, stick with the 787 and ask Boeing for compensation

Not sure what Boeing could offer them as compensation, besides less money asked for the 787s. QR wants immediate growth, and cheaper 787s won't help in any way, hence the Airbuses. B could go for some 777s, but is QR interested in that big jump up in capacity?
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:51 am

Is there really space at DOH on tarmacs and runways to accomodate 24 more A330s? I know people are betting on the new aiport, but that is already ten years delayed and the opening that should happen in December this year is being pushed back as well to sometime next year (with no certainty that that date will be kept).

As for empty planes: I've had my shares of empty planes as well especially on CDG-DOH, but most other flights I took where very or completely full (LHR, FRA, MUC, GVA, DXB, BEY)
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:28 am

It is unlikely that Airbus can accommodate a new set of deliveries for wide-bodies within 9 months. Furthermore, the customers like QR have highly customized interiors that take more than a year to design, test and certify (even that's sporty).

My suspicion is that QR is using these "negotiations" with Airbus to drive the price down on their 787 backlog. QR would have probably bought A330s anyway to cover gaps in their rapid expansion, but true to form... Qatari bargaining is always an unpredictable game. They'll probably get the A330s for next to nothing as compensation for the defective A380s sitting on the Toulouse flightline awaiting delivery. No incident goes unexploited for maximum discounts, but playing Airbus and Boeing against each other in the process is completely ruthless... Al Baker is masterful businessman.
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:00 am

Airbus said they were looking to cut A330 production target soon, if the dispute about emissions between Europe and China was not resolved. Hence these production slots could be available for QR and others who want A330s already next year.

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Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:04 am

Quoting flybyguy (Reply 37):
It is unlikely that Airbus can accommodate a new set of deliveries for wide-bodies within 9 months. Furthermore, the customers like QR have highly customized interiors that take more than a year to design, test and certify (even that's sporty).

Except that they've already got some A330s so the design work will of already been done.

I've got a completly diferant theory in that QR has a cash problem, low sales are hinted at by other posters higher up, and AAB is frantically picking fights with suppliers so that they can delay deliveries - their A380 order has been delayed remember because of the wing issue whilst their biggest rival locally (EK) is taking 1 or 2 of the "patched up" A380s a month for the foreseable future.

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Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:28 am

Quoting flybyguy (Reply 37):
It is unlikely that Airbus can accommodate a new set of deliveries for wide-bodies within 9 months. Furthermore, the customers like QR have highly customized interiors that take more than a year to design, test and certify (even that's sporty).

You might have a point if QR didn't already operate 29 A330s.

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Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:42 am

Quoting scbriml (Reply 40):

You might have a point if QR didn't already operate 29 A330s.

QR's A330s are starting to get dated. So, new ones will most likely not get the same interior.
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:13 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 41):
QR's A330s are starting to get dated. So, new ones will most likely not get the same interior.

The -200s maybe, but the last batch of the -300s were only delivered in 2008.
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:49 am

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 39):
I've got a completly diferant theory in that QR has a cash problem, low sales are hinted at by other posters higher up, and AAB is frantically picking fights with suppliers so that they can delay deliveries

No, this is quite far wide of the mark. Airlines don't pay for their new planes in cash they either lease them from a third party, which in all likelihood QR will do, or will finance them. And any cash problem are easily solved by interest free loans from the Qatari government.

QR desperately need those aircraft. It frankly saddens me to see how little trust people on this forum have when AAB or QR make a statement. It almost seems as though everyone believes that if they come out and say anything, that what they're trying to do is play a game with Boeing, or Airbus, or they're lying etc. How about no they're just frankly speaking the truth about whats going on. Like when they've clearly said that no we're not joining oneworld.

Back when AAB made a few comments about Airbus people got overexcited, and started accusing him of this or that. Frankly speaking I agree with him that if he is going to spend millions of dollars he should get a working aircraft not one that needs to be patched up later on. Its just that most other airlines take BS from the manufacturers, or they keep quiet about their discontent, but he comes out and says what he thinks. If anything I would think that people on this website would be happy with the fact that there is a man willing to speak up. Perhaps he shouldn't always be as public as he is, but to think that he is lying or that he is simply bluffing people doesn't necessarily add up.

If he says he's looking at 330s to stem the problems with the Boeing's, then in all likelihood he is. And this should be a wakeup call for Boeing to get moving on the QR deliveries. And yes if they don't deliver and it is Boeing's fault then yes QR do deserve compensation, its whats fair. This is how business works, you can't pick or choose sides and decide that the other party is wrong.
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:54 am

Quoting scbriml (Reply 42):
The -200s maybe, but the last batch of the -300s were only delivered in 2008.

Those are still pretty new. Anyway, regarding the topic we will have to wait and see how AAB will play his cards in this "game". I guess it is a matter of taking all options into account before he makes the next strategic decision.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:07 am

Quoting flybyguy (Reply 37):
My suspicion is that QR is using these "negotiations" with Airbus to drive the price down on their 787 backlog.

They can try.

But Airbus has been awake to that game for years (as I'm sure Boeing is) and has said - many times - that they won't be used just to drive down the price at Boeing.

I know of at least one airline that was (originally) shown the door by Airbus for that reason - and Airbus has sent that message, loudly and publicly, to Michael O'Leary at Ryanair.

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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:04 am

I like the way people talk of low loads as if it was important. Qatar Airways is a political vanity project, like the World Cup. Profits are an ideal, not a must have.....
 
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:46 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 34):
QR just doesn't want to take delivery until they have GEnx engines attached that are not susceptible to the fan shaft issue.

Consistent with their not taking A380s until the new wing fittings are in place.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:51 pm

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 46):
I like the way people talk of low loads as if it was important. Qatar Airways is a political vanity project, like the World Cup. Profits are an ideal, not a must have.....

I would disagree, QR are very strict on costs and quality. They are not running an airline just for fun or to serve the country like Saudia or Gulf Air or Oman Air. They are running a business transporting pax all over the world.

Unfortunately the majority of people on this forum are from the West and have a very negative opinion about the Middle East and its airlines. Things are not so black and white, and most of the people on this forum have not even been to the Middle East. This is like all those who believe that QR must have paid to have won the skytrax award without ever having flown on QR in their life.
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RE: Qatar Airways In Talks With Airbus For 24 A330s

Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:25 pm

Quoting 3rdGen (Reply 43):
If he says he's looking at 330s to stem the problems with the Boeing's, then in all likelihood he is. And this should be a wakeup call for Boeing to get moving on the QR deliveries.

Except Boeing does own GE Aviation and doesn't manufacture GEnx engines, so what, exactly, is Boeing supposed to do to secure revised GEnx engines?

I would think that AAB understands where his engines come from, since he has signed plenty of purchase agreements for them with GE Aviation over the years. I would also think he understand that he was the authority who sent his 787-8 to am air show and opened it up to the press to run around in and scuff it up.

He's blaming Boeing for things that are either not under Boeing's control or are a direct result of his own decision making. And I find that a bit    .