Qatar Airways has selected the A320neo as the reference aircraft for expanding its short- to medium-haul fleet and has increased its order for the A380.
The agreement signed at the 2011 Dubai Airshow, is a firm contract for 50 A320neo aircraft and five additional A380s.
The A320neo is an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new engines and large Sharklet wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 per cent in fuel savings, representing some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft per year.
“The A320neo promises to be a great aircraft which is why we have chosen it to form the backbone of our future single aisle expansion,” Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways chief executive (pictured above).
“Together with our increase in A380s and our orders for A350 XWB, we are continuing investing in an integrated family of the world’s most modern and fuel efficient aircraft.”
Qatar Airways has ordered a total of 43 A320 Family aircraft directly from Airbus and, including leased aircraft has 38 in its fleet.
The last four of the A320s on order will be provisioned for Sharklets following a recently signed agreement.
Qatar Airways’ total A380 order increases to ten aircraft following its initial order for two made in 2003, which was later raised to five in 2007.
Qatar Airways’ current in-service fleet also includes the region’s largest number of A330s (29).
“Qatar Airways supported the development of the Airbus A320neo very early on,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.
“It is with great pride that we are announcing this large order today including an additional five A380s.
“We appreciate having built a unique relationship with our friends at Qatar Airways over the years.”
Qatar Airways is recognised as offering the Middle East’s Leading Airline Business Class by the prestigious World Travel Awards.
Earlier this week the carrier signed a smaller deal with rival manufacturer Boeing. Boeing.