Qatar Airways reiterates it will launch airline in India with ‘at least 100 planes’
NEW DELHI: Qatar Airways on Tuesday reaffirmed its plans to start out an airline in India. The airline’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker, advised the media in France “we are going to launch an airline in India which may have a fleet of not less than 100 plane”. He didn’t specify what sort of planes shall be deployed in India. Baker made this assertion whereas taking supply of Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse on Tuesday.
The reiteration comes precisely a yr after Al Baker had stated that he together with Qatar authorities’s funding arm will begin a home airline in India.
Until lately, Qatar had not made an software to start out an airline in India. Final March, he had made that assertion in Berlin. An airline spokesperson had then stated the applying shall be made quickly.
Qatar Airways has been eager to choose up a stake in IndiGo for years however the Indian low value provider has been “politely declining” the identical. Now with Air India being privatised, business insiders assume there are possibilities of Qatar Airways tying up with an Indian provider to bid for the Maharaja. The airline has not commented on this concern up to now.
“Launching a brand new airline makes little sense as massive Indian airports like Delhi and Mumbai have hardly any slots on account of a crippling infra crunch. Alternatively, shopping for AI means getting its slots not simply in Indian airports but in addition overseas,” stated a supply.