Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker has raised concerns about the increasing pressure on the supply chain as aircraft manufacturers push up production rates.
The outspoken airline chief has previously aired his frustration at delivery delays – which has even prompted him to cancel orders. He says that while all Qatar Airways deliveries “are back on schedule”, there is a worry about the growing pressure on the already stretched supply chain.
"The whole issue today is that everybody – Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, the Chinese and the Russians – all rely on the same supply chain, and there's not been any increase or investments in the supply chain," he says.
"The pressure is really huge on the supply chain, which is actually delaying the manufacturers."
Qatar Airways has almost 200 aircraft on order, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows.