LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Qatar Airways is set to upgrade an order for 20 Airbus A350 aircraft to larger variants, almost doubling its order for the largest type which competes with Boeing’s 777 mini-jumbo, aviation sources said on Monday.
Qatar is expected to upgrade its order for the large A350-1000 variant to 37 planes from 20 and to increase its order for the base model, the A350-900, by three planes to 43.
However this means scrapping an order for the A350-800, the smallest version of the carbon-composite jetliner series.
Airbus declined comment. Qatar Airways was not immediately available for comment.
Airbus has been campaigning for a second airline endorsement for the A350-1000 after a sales drought ended with a $4 billion order from Cathay Pacific in July.