Qatar Airways planning a large order soon

Qatar Airwas said it’s going to announce a major aircraft order, adding to a backlog of more than 340 order for Boeing and Airbus planes.

The Gulf Canarie will place a “large” aircraft order “soon”. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said Wednesday at a briefing in Doha, without specifying the number and class of planes that will be ordered.

“Qatar Aorways has a continuous plan of fleet expansions and fleet replacement in order to keep the average age of our fleet very young,” Al Baker said.

Qatar has 80 Airbus A320neos on order from Airbus, a deal that may be at risk after Al Baker declined to take delivery of the first three planes because of engine cooling issues, saying that he may be exploring the option of switching to the Boeing equivalent, the 737 MAX.

The Gulf carrier also said that it may help to renew the fleet of the Italian carrier Meridiana Fly after agreeing to buy a 49% stake.


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