BERLIN, March 8 Qatar Airways will not receive
any Airbus A320neo jets this year as it looks to upgrade its
order to larger models, the airline's chief executive Akbar Al
Baker said on Wednesday.
The Gulf carrier has refused to take deliveries of Airbus
A320neos since December 2015 over performance issues with the
"I have to scream at Airbus to get my planes faster. I am
nearly 8 destinations behind schedule because of delays in
aircraft deliveries. I hope this will be resolved during this
year," Al Baker told reporters in Berlin.
Qatar Airways is around 10 aircraft short from Airbus at
present, including A320neos and wide body A350s, he said.
The Gulf carrier wants to swap its order for 50 A320neo
family jets, which includes A319, A320 and A321 versions, for
An Airbus spokesperson told Reuters: "We are working with
our customers to deliver aircraft to their full satisfaction."
Al Baker and Airbus separately declined to comment on the
status of converting the order.
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan in Berlin; Writing by Alexander
Cornwell in Dubai; Editing by Mark Potter)