December 3, 2012 / 1:15 PM / in 7 years

Qatar upgrades A350 order to larger models -sources

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.

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