Qatar Airways Dreamliner back in the sky
When Qatar Airways operated Flight No QR116 from Doha to Dubai on Wednesday, it was on the Dreamliner passenger jet, making the national carrier just the second airline to make the jet take to the sky after Ethiopian Airlines, since the 787s were grounded worldwide for technical reasons.
Speaking at the Dubai Airport shortly after the landing of the flight, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker declined to discuss the magnitude of the loss that the airline has incurred but he did confirm that Boeing will compensate the losses. “We will get compensation from Boeing because we took airplanes that we couldn’t fly. Boeing understands that.
They have agreed to compensate not only Qatar Airways but other airlines with 787 models as well,” he said. “This is the first aircraft that has been given the go-ahead. A team from Boeing tested it on Tuesday and the remaining four will resume flying by the end of this month,” he said. Qatar Airways has a total of five Boeing 787 Dreamliners.