Qatar Airways and Airbus signed (15-Nov-2011) a firm order for 50 A320neo aircraft and five additional A380s. The carrier also took options for another 30 A320neos. The deal was almost abandoned earlier in the day, with Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, publicly criticising Airbus and stating negotiations on the order had stalled due to an undisclosed issue related to the A320 (Bloomberg, 15-Nov-2011). The A320neo aircraft will be fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. The deal includes 100 PW1100G-JM engines with a maintenance service agreement. A320neo deliveries are scheduled to start in 2015. Qatar Airways has ordered a total of 43 A320 family aircraft directly from Airbus and, including leased aircraft, has 38 in its fleet. The last four of the A320s on order will have provision for 'Sharklet' wing tip devives following a recently signed agreement. Qatar Airways’ total A380 order increases to 10 aircraft following its initial order for two made in 2003, which was later raised to five in 2007. An engine choice for the A380s was not disclosed. [more - original PR]
Qatar Airways selects 50 Airbus A320neo and 5 additional A380s
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