AIRSHOW-Qatar Airways mulls being launch customer for 777-9X

PARIS, June 17 Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:39am EDT

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PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) - Qatar Airways is talking to Boeing about being a launch customer for a successor to its mini-jumbo, the 406-seat 777-9X, Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said at the Paris Airshow on Monday.

The airline is also studying the possibility of exercising options for a further 30 787-9 Dreamliners on top of 30 787s already confirmed, he told reporters.

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