Qatar Airways is "seriously" talking to Boeing about buying a "large number" of its 737 Max aircraft, just weeks after it canceled its first order for Airbus's rival plane following delays to its delivery.
Speaking to CNBC at the Farnborough Airshow, Akbar Al Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways, expressed his dismay at the delays for the Airbus A320neo planes and said he was open to buying Boeing's rival 737 Max.
"I'm still frustrated because I'm still seven airplanes short in my fleet. We are talking to Boeing seriously about the Max aircraft and hopefully, maybe, in one of our joint ventures we could take a large number of Max," Al Baker, told CNBC in an interview on Monday.
"You can't imagine how upset I am when I wake up in the morning and know that I am still short of airplanes and i have so much demand of passengers to operate into those new markets," he added.