Qatar Airways May Lease British Airways Some Widebody Jets

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Qatar Airways owns a 20% stake in IAG, the parent company of British Airways. Not only are they investors in the company, but they seem to generally have a good relationship with British Airways beyond that.

For example, last year British Airways crews went on strike for an extended period of time, which would have led to a lot of cancelations. British Airways’ solution was to wet lease planes from Qatar Airways. So Qatar Airways loaned them eight of their Airbus A320s. Since this was a wet lease, that means the crews were also from Qatar Airways. Talk about a service upgrade, especially since these A320s had “real” business class seats, while British Airways’ intra-Europe business class simply consists of economy seats with a blocked middle.

As many of you may be aware, there are serious issues with the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines being used on some 787s at the moment, which have led to an operational nightmare for some airlines. Not only do some of these engines need inspections and replacements, but we’re also seeing limitations placed on where these planes can fly.