MIAMI – The state visit of French President, Emmanuel Macron, on Qatari land, was the perfect scenario to score a new deal for 50 Airbus A321ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration), to be acquired by the country’s flag carrier, Qatar Airways.
The Gulf carrier will make an investment of $6.4 billion with an option to buy 36 more. This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011.
#QatarAirways is delighted to announce that it has reconfirmed and upsized an order to buy 50 @Airbus A321neo aircraft, signed today in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and French President Macron at a value of $6.35bn.
According to Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, the order was placed “to answer our need for growth and additional capacity.”
Al Baker said that the A321neoACF “is a world-class choice for our passengers and for our business.”
This order comes in following last May’s major disagreement between Airbus and Qatar Airways concerning the delivery of the A320neo.
During a press conference, at the time, Al Baker directly blamed Airbus for slowing Qatar’s growth because of the engine troubles that delayed the aircraft’s delivery.
“We have five more routes that we would like to announce, but we can’t, because of delivery delays from Airbus,” he stated.
Airways asked Al Baker about the issue during his announcement in May, and he replied, “They’re not there yet. We walked away from its first A320neo delivery, two days ago,” because of continued issues with its engines from Pratt & Whitney.