LANGKAWI, Malaysia Oct 17 (Reuters) - Qatar Airways may convert its 10 orders for the Boeing Co ultra-long-range 777-8 widebody jet to the larger 777-9, depending on the performance of the 777-9, the Qatari airline’s chief executive said on Thursday.
“If the 9 is performing very close to the parameters that the 8 will operate, yes we may convert the 8 to 9,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker told Reuters on the sidelines of an event to launch a new route from Doha to Langkawi.
Emirates and Qatar Airways are the only firm customers for the 777-8 model, which Boeing is also trying to sell to Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd.
The date of entry into service for the 777-8 will depend partly on customer demand, a Boeing executive said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Liz Lee; writing by Jamie Freed Editing by Shri Navaratnam)