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Al Baker lays A320 neo delays on P&W

Posted 10 March 2016 · Add Comment

Qatar Airways Chief Akbar Al Baker has laid the blame for the delays to his airline's A320neo narrowbodies firmly at the door of Pratt&Whitney.

Speaking at the ITB tourism event in Berlin, Al Baker expressed “disappointment” in the US engine-maker for “poor engine performance”.
Qatar was widely expected to be the launch customer of the new Airbus – but Al Baker refused to take delivery of the type amid issues with the engine.
Speaking at the show he said he said Qatar would not accept any engines until they had proved their operational efficiency”.
I don't think this engine was tested adequately, especially for the temperatures in which Qatar Airways will operate," the Qatar CEO said.
"We will only accept it when we are fully satisfied that it can operate efficiently and safely at Qatar operations and we get sufficient performance guarantees and undertakings from both Airbus and Pratt & Whitney," he said.
It declined to accept the aircraft while Pratt & Whitney developed a fix for the PW1100G, which currently has to idle for between two and six minutes after start-up before the aircraft can taxi under its own power.
In February Al Baker had threatened to switch to alternative engine supplier CFM International .
"We are at the threshold of the walk-away clause in our contract, but I hope we will not have to exercise this," he said. ““We have already opened negotiation with CFM to be prepared to switch the engine type on our A320s.”

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