Qatar Airways Ltd. said it jointly negotiated a deal for as many as 250 of Boeing Co.’s new 777 planes with Dubai-based Emirates, putting old rivalries aside to wring maximum value from the Persian Gulf’s growing dominance of the wide-body jet market.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said a lack of flight-test hours for Bombardier Inc.’s CSeries narrow-body aircraft is exacerbating concerns over a jet that’s already years behind schedule.
Qatar Airways Ltd. said it would consider buying an even larger version of the Airbus SAS A350 wide-body jet than currently on offer, as the No. 2 Middle Eastern airline tilts its fleet toward bigger aircraft.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he plans to announce aircraft purchases at the Dubai Air Show next month while awaiting more information on the Boeing Co. 777X before committing to the jet.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he’d have contemplated joining Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Star Alliance had the German company not proved so hostile to the growth of Persian Gulf carriers.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker ridiculed Airbus SAS after walking away from aircraft purchases at the Dubai Air show, saying the manufacturer is “still learning how to build airplanes.”
Qatar Airways Ltd. said a 787 jet received from Boeing Co. this week remains grounded with a faulty generator, a problem similar to what forced last week’s emergency landing of a Dreamliner operated by United Continental Holdings Inc.
Qatar Airways Ltd. is examining a potential acquisition in Europe, where it last year purchased a stake in freight operator Cargolux International SA, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said today.