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Airbus 'still learning to make planes'

2011-11-15 14:05

Dubai - Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker on Tuesday dismissed Airbus as "still learning to make airplanes" and announced his carrier was cancelling an announcement for an expected large order with the European manufacturer.

"I feel Airbus is still learning to make airplanes," Al Baker said at a joint media conference with Airbus' US rival Boeing, during which he announced ordering two Boeing 777 Freighters.

"We have cancelled the announcement," with Airbus, he said.

When asked if there was still a chance to sign a deal with the European manufacturer, he said he was "pessimistic".

Qatar's flag carrier was expected to place an order for 50 Airbus A320neo medium-haul jets and five A380 superjumbos at the Paris International Air Show in July, but the order did not materialise.

Those expectations were revived at the Dubai Airshow which opened on Sunday with a record-breaking order by Dubai's Emirates Airlines for 50 Boeing 777 aircraft with a combined value of $18bn.

Airbus invited journalists for a commercial announcement on Tuesday that they described as "hot". But Airbus officials left the room saying that the announcement was postponed.