Qatar orders 24 Airbus 320s

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Qatar Airways has marked its presence at the Paris Air Show by signing a $1.9bn order for aircraft from Airbus which will effectively double the size of its medium-haul fleet.

Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al Baker said yesterday that the contract includes four orders for A321 planes announced last year and 20 new orders for A320 aircraft, with deliveries scheduled to begin in phases at the end of this year through to 2012.

Qatar already operates 19 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family of single-aisle planes, which includes the A321. Last year the airline signed a deal to buy up to six Airbus A321 planes and said it was ready to set up a budget airline to counter any attack by a rival carrier in its home market.


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