PARIS (Reuters) - Qatar Airways does not see any need for Boeing (BA.N) to make a mid-market jet, saying it could instead tweak the 787-8, the airline’s chief executive said on Monday.
Boeing is studying a gap in the market between narrow-body jets and long-haul aircraft for a potential new plane that could seat 220 to 270 passengers.
But Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar al Baker said at the Paris Airshow that Boeing should not invest billions in a new jet.
“They don’t need to reinvent the wheel, they only need to do some fine-tuning to this (787-8) aircraft and it can be a perfect middle-size airplane.
Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by David Goodman