Qatar Airways excited about potential Boeing 777X freighter, CEO says

Qatar Airways excited about potential Boeing 777X freighter, CEO says

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DUBAI, April 6 (Reuters)Prime Boeing BA.N buyer Qatar Airways on Tuesday expressed curiosity in a possible new freighter from the U.S. planemaker, whereas urging engine maker GE GE.N to put money into future expertise as stress builds on airways to scale back emissions.

Plans for a freighter 777X have been delayed as Boeing wrestles with certification delays and weak demand for its passenger model.

Qatar Airways Chief Government Akbar al-Baker instructed a web based occasion the Gulf service would “undoubtedly have an interest to look into” a freighter 777X, although mentioned he had not been notified by Boeing about plans to launch it.

Qatar Airways would want to begin changing older 777 jets by the point Boeing or rival Airbus AIR.PA launch any new plane programmes, he mentioned.

European planemaker Airbus can be gauging airline curiosity in a freighter model of its A350 passenger jet, which if launched would goal a market key to Boeing, Reuters reported in March.

Qatar Airways has ordered 65 777X passenger jets, based on Boeing’s web site, and Baker mentioned the airline would obtain its first three in 2023 following delays on the planemaker.

Boeing mentioned this 12 months the jet would begin deliveries in 2023, three years later than initially deliberate with an extended and costlier certification course of.

Baker additionally urged GE to become involved in “future expertise engines earlier than later,” citing an airline trade carbon impartial development dedication in 2050.

“While you take a look at how lengthy issues take to develop, 2050 is just not far-off,” he mentioned.

(Writing by Alexander Cornwell. Enhancing by David Evans and Mark Potter)

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