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Doha, Qatar - Qatar Airways is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to push back scheduled aircraft deliveries for several years.

“Well we are in negotiation with them, so I don’t want to talk about this, but yes it will be deferred for several years,” 

Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.

The airline is also willing to provide capital to Cathay Pacific of which it holds a 9.99% stake in, the newspaper reported.

The report did not say how many aircraft the airline was looking to defer or for exactly how long. Qatar Airways has over 200 Airbus and Boeing aircraft on order, it said.

Baker told Reuters on May 11 a recovery in global travel demand from the coronavirus pandemic could be as far as four years away and said the airline would reduce its fleet by a quarter.
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