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Qatar Airways wants to be an NMA launch customer: chief

Qatar Airways would like to be a launch customer for the Boeing's proposed New Mid-market Airplane if the manufacturer decides to go ahead with the programme.

The US manufacturer has been discussing with potential customers the possible launch of an all-new medium-haul twinjet in the 200-270 seat category. Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker told Richard Quest of CNN in an interview at the IATA annual general meeting in Seoul that he's impressed with what he's seen.

"What I've been shown by Boeing, I’m extremely interested in that aeroplane and I would like to be a launch customer," says Al Baker.

Qatar Airways is a major operator of Boeing widebodies, but its single-aisle fleet comprises Airbus A320-family aircraft.

Boeing aims to decide next year whether to formally launch the NMA with service-entry slated for 2025.

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