Qatar Airways seeks revised A380 delivery
Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, stated the carrier is seeking a revised delivery schedule for five A380 “contractually committed” aircraft in line with the carrier’s “performance requirements” (Gulf Times, 01-Nov-2009). Qatar Airways is currently scheduled to commence delivery of the aircraft from 2012. Mr Al Baker also stated the carrier will complete the delivery of a total of 32 B777s by 2011, which commenced delivery in Nov-2007. By 2013, the carrier is expected to increase its fleet to 110 aircraft, from 70 currently. The carrier has orders for up to 220 aircraft.
Qatar Airways: “We don’t know when we will start receiving the A380s. We are waiting for Airbus to come back to us with the revised date. We have placed orders for five Airbus A380s. These are firm orders and we have not gone for any other option”, Akbar Al Baker, CEO. Source: Gulf Times, 01-Nov-2009.