DUBAI: Qatar considers further switch to A350-1000

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Qatar Airways is looking at a further conversion of Airbus A350 orders to the largest member of the family, the A350-1000.

Doha-based Qatar has 80 A350s on order. It has already converted all 20 of its A350-800s, of which 17 were switched to the -1000. The other three became A350-900s.

Chief executive Akbar Al Baker says he is “already seriously contemplating” a further conversion of -900s into -1000.

Al Baker was speaking at the Dubai air show, as the carrier signed for up to 13 A330-200 freighters – giving a lift to a programme which has struggled to build orders.

Qatar Airways has been in talks over the A330 passenger-to-freighter conversion programme, although the weak cargo market has slowed the project.

ST Aerospace, which is participating in the programme, is expecting to launch the freighter early next year if it can land sufficient customer interest.