DOHA Oct 4 Gulf carrier Qatar Airways and
Boeing will hold a news conference on Friday, a
spokeswoman for Qatar Airways told Reuters on Wednesday, as a
big sale of Boeing widebody jetliners looked close to being
Qatar Airways is in the process of firming up the order,
which was delayed by the Qatari government in an effort to speed
up U.S. approval of its purchase of Boeing fighter jets, sources
If the deal is finalised, it would give the Chicago-based
planemaker a substantial sales boost in a year when orders for
widebody planes has slumped.
Last Wednesday, the United States began notifying lawmakers
informally that it had approved the sales of 36 Boeing F-15
fighter jets to Qatar, valued at about $4 billion.
(Reporting by Tom Finn; Editing by Louise Ireland)