Qatar Airways is in talks with Airbus about an order for additional A350 XWBs, probably -1000s, as it prepares for the arrival of its first A350-900 later this year.
“There is a possibility that we will order additional A350s”, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said. “We still have not worked out the size of the order. At the moment we are looking at the A350-1000”, he added.
The airliner´s first A350-900 is due for delivery in the Q4 of this year, and the A350-1000s are due to arrive from 2017. Al Baker said the schedule for the planned new A350 order “could overlap with deliveries of the current batch”.
Qatar Airways is the launch customer for the A350 with firm orders for 80 aircraft, comprisiong 43 -900s and 37 -1000s.
It is not clear if the proposed A350 deal would have any impact on 30 options the airline holds for Boeing 787s, as Al Baker has previously been critical of the Dreamliner´s teething problems.
Based on the article “Qatar in talks to order more A350s” published in Flight International