Qatar Airways Firms Up Order For 20 737 Jets, More Choices Depending on Italy, India

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Qatar Airways signed a letter of intent for approximately 60 narrowbody 737 MAX 8 jets, worth $6.9 billion at market price, in 2015.

By Thomson Reuters|Last Updated: June 19, 2017

Qatar Airways Firms Up Order For 20 737 Jets, More Choices Depending on Italy, India
Qatar Airways Firms Up Order For 20 737 Jets, More Choices Depending on Italy, India

Paris: Qatar Airways has actually tightened an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX jets and is waiting for the result of possible growth in Italy and India prior to choosing whether to work out additional alternatives, the provider’s CEO stated on Monday.

Qatar Airways signed a letter of intent for as much as 60 narrowbody 737 MAX 8 jets, worth $6.9 billion at market price, in 2015.

“We have another 40 alternatives and purchase rights, which we might work out depending upon the method forward with both Meridiana and our Indian provider,” Akbar Al Baker informed reporters at the Paris Airshow on Monday.

Qatar Airways has actually remained in talks over a stake in Italian provider Meridiana and is preparing to establish a domestic airline company in India.

Al Baker likewise stated the CSeries jet by Bombardier might suitable for the domestic Indian provider.

“Instead of Q400s or atrs, I might utilize the CSeries on short-runway locations in India,” he stated.

Since it was purchasing A321neo jets, he included Qatar Airways was not interested in bigger variations of the 737 MAX.

The provider has actually remained in talks with Airbus to alter an order for A320neos for the bigger A321neo version after issues with the engines made by Pratt & Whitney.

Al Baker stated he was close to settling settlements with Airbus to change to the competing Leap engine made by CFM, a joint endeavor of General Electric and Safran.

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