Qatar inks £4bn Airbus contract

QATAR Airways placed a $6.5bn (£4.1bn) order for Airbus jets yesterday, just hours after saying at the Dubai Air Show it had walked away from the deal.

The carrier has penned a deal for 50 of the new Airbus A320neo planes, with a further 30 on option, and up to eight more A380s.

But Qatar chief Akbar Al Baker had said earlier: “Airbus is still learning how to make airplanes. We have cancelled the [A320] announcement. There is an impasse. If this is resolved, fine ... If not then bye-bye.”