Qatar rumoured to loan widebody aircraft to British Airways


British Airways Oneworld partner and stakeholder Qatar Airways is reviewing whether to loan planes like the Boeing 787 to the British carrier.

The Qatar airline which has a 20% stake in IAG generally has a good relationship with British Airways. This was seen in 2017 when BA crews went on strike in turn forcing a number of cancellations. As a solution to the potential crisis BA wet leased eight A320s planes (this included Qatar crew) from Qatar Airways.

Currently the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines that are being used on some 787s, which has lbecome an operational nightmare for some airlines with the engines requiring inspections and replacements.

BA has 26 Boeing 787s in their fleet which means several of their planes could be grounded. As an olive branch it is reported that Qatar Airways is potentially willing to lease British Airways some of their wide body aircraft.

Whilst this story is being reported by Bloomberg (which I have found to generally be a pretty good news source), I say watch this space. If the rumours are true, BA flyers could be looking at enjoying themselves an upgrade in terms of J class product quality with the Qatar aircraft loan.


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