Qatar Airways finalises A320neo replacement deal

Qatar Airways finalises A320neo replacement deal

Qatar Airways has upsized its Airbus A320neo order to A321neo ACFs.

The Qatar-based airline was originally due to be the launch customer for the A320neo, but snags with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines certification meant that the deliveries were delayed.

Under the replacement deal, Airbus will deliver up to 50 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) to Qatar Airways from 2018. The total value of the deal is $6.35 billion at list prices.

Although no engine selection was announced, it is believed that Qatar Airways has chosen the CFM Leap-1A engines.

“At a time when Qatar Airways is experiencing unprecedented growth and expansion, the need for efficient, reliable and modern aircraft has never been greater,” said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group. “To answer our need for growth and additional capacity, the A321neo ACF is a world-class choice for our passengers and for our business.

“Qatar Airways is the fastest growing airline in the world and, with this aircraft, we will operate the youngest fleet whilst delivering unprecedented comfort and services to our customers.”

The ACF version of the A321neo has a new door and better fuel capacity, giving it extended range to 4,000nm. Optimising the cabin configurations gives it a maximum passenger capacity of 240 seats.

Airbus says that the range boost allows the ACF version to perform transatlantic flights.

“We are pleased that a signature airline like Qatar Airways has chosen the A321neo ACF,” said Fabrice Brégier, chief operating officer and president commercial aircraft, Airbus. “This is an endorsement for the largest member of our single-aisle family. It confirms the aircraft’s strong position as the ideal middle of the market airplane for the Middle East.

“We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Qatar Airways colours and to contributing to the airline’s continued success and excellence.”

In 2016 Qatar Airways signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Boeing for the delivery of up to 60 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

An initial batch of 20 aircraft were converted into firm orders earlier this year, with the airline saying at the time that it would firm up the remaining aircraft at a later date, depending on its investments in Italian airline Meridiana and a pending decision to set up a domestic airline in India.

Qatar Airways purchased a 49% stake in Meridiana this year.

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies December 8, 2017 13:59