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  • Airbus, Qatar's Al Baker Kiss and Make Up
    Posted by Robert Wall 12:20 PM on Nov 15, 2011

    A mere four hours after Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker publicly humiliated Airbus by standing up the aircraft maker at a Dubai air show press conference and then lambasting the firm during an event, minutes later, with Boeing, the two sides have resolved their differences leading to a $6.4 billion deal for 50 A320NEO family aircraft and 5 A380s, not counting the 30 NEO options and three A380 options also part of the deal. 

    "It's water under the bridge," said Al Baker at the contract ceremony, without detailing what the two issues were that had led negotiations to an impass only hours before. It was not price, though, he insisted, nor securing delivery positions.

    In advance of the contract signing, a notably annoyed Airbus chief operating officer for customers, John Leahy, said "some people negotiate in front of the press, some in a conference room."

    Al Baker credited EADS head of strategy and marketing, Marwan Lahoud, for breaking the logjam that allowed the deal to happen.

    The A320NEO "will be the backbone of our future single aisle expansion," Al Baker says. Qatar Airways will be the first operator for the A319NEO, the A320NEO, and the A321NEO. The A320NEO will come first, in the second half of 2015, followed by the A319 and A321 each six months later. Qatar is buying 30 A320s, 14 A321s, and six A319s.

    The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW110G geared turbofan.

    Tags: tw99, Airbus, dubai11

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