PARIS: Qatar Airways eyes 787 option conversions

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Qatar Airways is in talks with Boeing about taking up its 30 787-9 options, but is only interested in a deal if it can secure delivery slots this side of 2020. The airline has also ruled out any need for the 787-10X stretch as that size/performance category will be covered by its Airbus A350s

The airline holds firm orders for 30 787s - a mix of -8s and -9s, and has received six aircraft to date. All are powered by General Electric GEnx engines. It also holds 30 options for the 787-9.

"We are looking at exercising [our options]," says chief executive Akbar Al Baker. "We have already asked Boeing to give us slots that they have for us to decide if we will do it or not, because if they give us slots in the next decade we will not be interested as there are other products available."

Al Baker says that he has no requirement for the 787-10X due to his existing commitment to the A350. "I already have the A350-900 which will really do what the [-10] will do," he says.

Meanwhile the airline is still interested in ordering additional A330s, but is still negotiating around the pricing, says Al Baker: "We are talking still to Airbus about A330s, but of course it has to be at the right price. With the introduction of the A350 that aircraft becomes a little bit vintage."