Qatar Airways agrees delivery delays with Airbus, still talking to Boeing

SYDNEY/DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar Airways has hit an arrangement with Airbus SE (AIR.PA) to postpone conveyance of planes because of the pandemic-initiated travel slump however stays in converses with Boeing Co (BA.N) about deferrals, the carrier’s CEO said on Wednesday.

“We can present the conveyances if there is a bounce back in air travel,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said of the Airbus bargain at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, without giving further subtleties.

Al-Baker said the aircraft had not agreed with Boeing.

“Most definitely we are still in arrangements with them, however paying little heed to what they feel an airplane maker needs to oblige clients in troublesome occasions,” he said. “Individuals who won’t oblige and remain with us in this troublesome time won’t see us once more.”

Qatar Airways said in June it would not take any new planes requested from Boeing or Airbus in 2020 or 2021, including there would be a thump on impact to future conveyances because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aircraft has 27 A350-1000s and 50 A321neos on hand, as per the Airbus site. It has likewise requested 60 777X planes, five 777 tankers and 23 787-9s from Boeing, the U.S. producer’s site said.

Qatar Airways had additionally requested 737 MAX planes as far as concerns its possessed transporter Air Italy before its breakdown and it is in converses with Boeing about those planes, al-Baker said.

Airbus and Boeing didn’t react promptly to demands for input.

Detailing by Jamie Freed in Sydney and Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, altering by Louise Heavens and Mark Potter