Qatar Executive, the all-Bombardier charter arm of Qatar Airways, is in talks with the Canadian manufacturer about bolstering its fleet with Global 7000 or 8000 jets, which are under development. However, airline chief executive Akbar Al Baker says he is also considering Embraer or Gulfstream aircraft, so as not to be dependent on one manufacturer.
"We want to stay with Bombardier but we are also looking at Gulfstream as an alternative supplier," he told Flight International in an interview in Doha. "We don't like to put all our eggs in one basket. We could take both [Bombardier and Gulfstream] or Embraer if they suit our corporate requirements."
Qatar Executive operates three Challenger 605s, two Global 5000s and one Global Express XRS, with much of its business coming out of Russia as well as the Gulf region.