Qatar Airways may scrap $6.4B Airbus order over engine cooling issues

Published April 27th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
The Qatar Airways chief claims the delay in taking delivery of the A320neos has hurt the airlines growth by more than 5 per cent. (Twitter)
The Qatar Airways chief claims the delay in taking delivery of the A320neos has hurt the airlines growth by more than 5 per cent. (Twitter)

Qatar Airways could cancel a $6.4 billion (Dh23.5 billion) order with the Airbus Group if issues with the European plane maker’s A320neo are not resolved by the summer.

The Middle East’s second largest airline was supposed to be the launch carrier for Airbus’ new A320 model but refused to take delivery in December over engine cooling issues. It is now deciding whether it should scrap the order for 80 A320neos and opt for just as many Boeing 737 aircraft.

“Look, at the end of the day we will be prepared to walk away at any cost because that cost is lower than what the airline is today facing,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker told reporters on Tuesday.

A decision on whether to cancel the order and to take the 737s instead will be made by the summer, he said in Dubai at the Arabian Travel Market.

Reuters reported on Monday that Qatar Airways could take four to six Boeing 737 aircraft as it waits for the A320neos to be ready, citing Al Baker, but on Tuesday he said that would not be the case.


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