Qatar Airways expects delivery of new A350 jets in 2014

QA-RDKQatar Airways plans to place an order for more new aircraft at the upcoming Dubai Airshow. (Image source: RHL Images/Flickr)Qatar Airways has said it will receive delivery of 80 new A350 jets from Airbus during the second half of 2014

According to Reuters, Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar al Baker said the delivery was on schedule, adding that the operator would place an order for more new aircraft at the upcoming Dubai Airshow. Al Baker did not reveal how many new planes would be ordered.

Earlier this month, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld alliance, an airline union that includes British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines and Japan Airlines, to expand its network.  

The operator has reportedly been approached by Boeing, as the manufacturer finalises plans for a larger version of the Boeing 777 wide-body jet which is expected to be launched at the upcoming Dubai Airshow. Al Baker said, however, that the airline was not interested in ordering the Boeing 777X wide-body jet.

"We don't know anything about the airplane. We are just waiting for Boeing to offer us the aircraft and to show us what the plane can do," added al Baker.

The operator has announced that it is not interested in buying more Airbus A380 aircraft in the near-term as it has already ordered for 13 new A380 jets and the first batch of this order is expected in April 2014. Qatar Airways is interested in Bombardier’s C-series jetliner, Reuters reported.

 

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