Qatar Airways in negotiations for up to 80 Aircraft

Travel News Asia 13 June 2005

Qatar Airways has confirmed it is to place significant orders worth US$15.2 billion with both Airbus and Boeing.

While negotiations are still under way Qatar Airways today said it will shortly commit to the purchase of a large fleet of Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 aircraft.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker made the announcement during a press conference on the first day of the Paris Air Show in the French capital. He said the Airbus order would be worth US$10.6bn and the Boeing order US$4.6bn.

In the case of the Airbus A350 the purchase will comprise of up to sixty (60) units of the A350-800 and the A350-900 variants.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350 aircraft will be delivered between mid-2010 and 2015, first to supplement and then replace the A330, as the airlines small to medium size widebody aircraft. The enhanced range and flexibility of this new generation aircraft will allow Qatar Airways to use the A350 on missions ranging from short-haul regional services to long-haul operations to the Far East, Europe and North America from its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.

Qatar Airways also said it intends to purchase at least twenty (20) Boeing B777 aircraft of three variants, the B777-300ER, B777-200LR and B777-200F. It is airline's intention to make the B777 the airlines standard large widebody, with the B777-300ER likely to account for around half of the orders.

Qatar Airways initial B777 order would be delivered to the airline between 2007 and 2010. The B777-300ER will allow capacity growth on the airlines rapidly-growing and airport slot-constrained routes, whereas the B777-200LR will be allocated to new routes to North America and Australasia.

The exceptional range capability and economics of the B777-200F freighter will supplement Qatar Airways existing medium-haul Airbus A300-600R freighter fleet and facilitate the strong cargo growth that the carrier anticipates with the opening of the new Doha International Airport in 2009.

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