Negotiations of a planned announcement between Qatar Airways and Europe’s Airbus have broken down during the Dubai Airshow.
Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar al-Baker had planned to announce a large order of Airbus aircraft.
“We have reached an impasse with them [Airbus],” Al-Baker says. “We thought we would conclude the agreement and make a very large announcement.”
Al-Baker would not elaborate on the details of the planned announcement but in a cutting comment, said that, “Airbus is still learning how to make airplanes.”
Qatar Airways did announce a $560m order for two Boeing 777 freighters.
Al-Baker also said that he has not yet decided which engines to buy to power Qatar Airways’ orders of Airbus A380s.
“We will soon start negotiations with Boeing for a large number of 767s [to convert] into freighters.[We will do this] with Boeing as Airbus is unfortunately not deciding,” says Al-Baker.
“We are also negotiating with Boeing for something else, but we want to see if we can resolve the impasse with Airbus.”
Al-Akbar also says that he hopes to revisit plans to order the Bombardier C-series “hopefully soon”, and is talking to Bombardier about “a large number” of corporate aircraft.