June 19, 2017 / 3:26 PM / 2 years ago

Qatar Airways CEO sees no need for Boeing mid-market jet

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker is seen during the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris, France, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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

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