well, i´d like to take back my doubts about qatar airways ordering the a-380 for i have found additional press releases confirming their deal.
got that from
>>>DOHA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Qatar Airways said on Tuesday it signed a $1.6 billion deal with European planemaker Airbus Industrie to buy seven aircraft, including two A380 superjumbos, and take options on five more.
"Eight of these aircraft will be A330-200s and four A380s," said Abdullah al-Mana, an airline spokesman.
"The new acquisition will cost $1.6 billion," he told Reuters.
Airbus Industrie earlier announced that Qatar Airways would buy two A380 superjumbos and had taken options to buy two more, becoming the ninth customer for the new plane. It said Qatar Airways would also buy five A330-200s and had taken option to buy three more.
Mana said the deal was signed by Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani, who is also chairman of Qatar Airways, with Airbus chief executive officer Noel Forgeard in the Qatari capital Doha on Tuesday.
"Delivery of the A330-200s will start from the end of this year and the A380s will be delivered in 2007," Mana said.
The new order is in addition to the one placed in 1999 with Airbus Industrie for six A320 aircraft, another airline official said.
The A320s, due to be delivered between late 2001 and 2003, are being financed by a $270 million loan arranged by Barclays group along with Germany's Hypo Vereinsbank and Qatar National Bank . Each plane costs $45 million.
Airline officials said Qatar Airways will have to seek new loans from the international market to finance Tuesday's deal.
Qatar Airways, founded in 1995 with a leased plane from Kuwait Airways, is 50 percent owned by the Gulf Arab state's government. The rest is held by private Qatari investors, including members of the ruling family and Qatar Insurance Company .
It operates nine aircrafts - five Airbus 320s and four Boeings - to around 28 destinations.
The airline has embarked on a major expansion to increase its fleet and reach more than 70 destinations during this decade. It has also taken over ground handling, duty free and aviation fuel supply services at Doha International Airport.<<<
however, i´m still wondering why they´re going for such a big plane but they certainly have a good reason to do so.
could it be that possibly one or both a-380s would be operated for the qatar amiri flight-thing, which is operated by qatar airways but i think operates flight for the scheichs and the royal people of qatar?
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.