Qatar Airways chief wants to expand fleet, look for U.S. investments

Reuters




By Rachel Nielsen

EVERETT, Wash., Sept 25 (Reuters) – Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said on Monday that the carrier plans to expand its fleet, buying four Boeing Co 777-300 aircraft for its passenger fleet and accepting four Airbus A350 aircraft that it had rejected in July.

Speaking at an event in which he formally accepted delivery of Qatar Airways’ first Boeing 747-8 freighter, Al Baker said the plan to take the four Airbus planes “is definite.” He added he will be “concluding an agreement shortly, for which I will be flying to Toulouse from here,” referring to the Airbus site. Reuters reported earlier on Monday that Qatar would take the Airbus jets.





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