Qatar Airways may convert orders for Boeing 777-8 jet to 777-9: CEO

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LANGKAWI, Malaysia (Reuters) – Qatar Airways may convert its 10 orders for the Boeing Co (N:) ultra-long-range 777-8 widebody jet to the larger 777-9, depending on the performance of the 777-9, the Qatari airline’s chief executive said on Thursday.

“If the 9 is performing very close to the parameters that the 8 will operate, yes we may convert the 8 to 9,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker told Reuters on the sidelines of an event to launch a new route from Doha to Langkawi.

Emirates and Qatar Airways are the only firm customers for the 777-8 model, which Boeing is also trying to sell to Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd (AX:).

The date of entry into service for the 777-8 will depend partly on customer demand, a Boeing executive said on Wednesday.

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