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DOHA, QATAR - Gulf's largest carrier Qatar Airways has announced that it wouldn't take delivery of new jets until 2022. The airline also said it doesn't need the Boeing 737 MAXs on order.

Qatar Airways has 50 orders for the Airbus A321neo and A321neo LR, which were also to have debuted a flat-bed business class seat, over a dozen Airbus A350-1000 jets sporting the airline's flagship Qsuite business class, 23 Boeing 787-9s (seven have been delivered but are yet to begin commercial flights), said to be fitted with an evolved 'Qsuite 2.0' business-class suite, as many as 110 of Boeing's next-generation 777X, beginning with 10 of the 777-9 plus 50 orders and 50 options on the longer-range 777-8, up to 60 of the problem-plagued Boeing 737 MAX 8.

"We have already notified both Boeing and Airbus that we will not be taking any airplanes this year or next year," 

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said.

"All the other aircraft 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 ten years," he added, although Al Baker allowed that "as the business ramps up and the traffic increases, then we will bring forward those delayed aircraft deliveries."

Akabr added.

The Gulf carrier has traditionally been an enthusiastic customer of new aircraft. It is also a very demanding customer, with an eye for detail – as it steadily expanded its network.

As for the Boeing 737 MAX, Al Baker said:

"we have already informed Boeing that we will have to replace them with some other types of we will not require any more of the 737 MAXs.”

Al Baker has already ruled out a rapid return for Qatar's ten Airbus A380s, saying the superbly-appointed superjumbo will remain grounded until the second half of 2021 and may never return to the skies.

"Qatar Airways is parking its 10 A380s and they will not return for at least a year, and maybe never," 

Al Baker remarked during a media briefing in May to discuss the airline's plans.

The Doha-based airline will downsize its 200-strong fleet by 25% during the drawn-out recovery period from the global pandemic.
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