June 17, 2020 / 1:00 PM / 21 days ago

Qatar Airways won't take new aircraft in 2020 or 2021, CEO says

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Qatar Airways will not take any new planes from Boeing or Airbus in 2020 or 2021, chief executive Akbar al-Baker said on Wednesday, adding that there would be a knock-on effect to future deliveries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Quite a lot of (deliveries) will be deferred. We have already notified both Boeing and Airbus that we will not be taking any aeroplanes this year or next year,” he said in an interview on Britain’s Sky News.

“All the other aircraft that we have on order that were supposed to be delivered to us within the next two or three years, will now be pushed back to as long as nearly eight to 10 years.” (Reporting by Alistair Smout in London and Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, editing by Louise Heavens)

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