18 JUNE 2018
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British Airways has wet leased in three Qatar Airways A330-200 to support its routes to Delhi, Kuwait and Muscat during the busy summer period. It requires the aircraft to offset a capacity crunch brought about by engine problems concerning its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powered Boeing 787s.
"To facilitate the additional engine inspections and any associated maintenance we have made some minor adjustments to our long-haul flight schedules this summer," said a British Airways spokesman.
Speaking at Routes Europe in Bilbao BA chief executive Alex Cruz had described the issue with the Trent 1000 as a "headache" which might require the leasing in of additional aircraft for the summer season.
Qatar's aircraft will operate with a two-class configuration, Business and Economy.
BA says it recognises that some passengers may not want to travel, particularly given that they may have to be downgraded from premium cabins or travel without access to certain products or services. Qatar’s exuberant chief executive Akbar Al Baker has often said that his Economy cabin is better than some airlines Premium section. BTN awaits comments.
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