Qatar Airways selects 50 Airbus A320neo and 5 additional A380s

The State of Qatar's national airline, 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 percent 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. 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," said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO. "Qatar Airways supported the development of the Airbus A320neo very early on. It is with great pride that we are announcing this large order today including an additional five A380s," said John Leahy Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "We appreciate having built a unique relationship with our friends at Qatar Airways over the years."

Source: Airbus, an EADS N.V. company (Paris: EAD.PA)
Date: Nov 16, 2011