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Qatar Urges Airbus to Upgrade Wide-Bodies to Hold off Boeing

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Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said Airbus Group NV should consider a larger variant of its new A350 wide-body and upgrade its A380 superjumbo with new engines to make the jets more appealing.

The mid-sized A350-900 recently added to Qatar’s fleet represents the latest in civil aviation technology, while the Boeing Co. 777X-9 will probably form the backbone of fleets of many major airlines once it’s introduced at the end of the decade, Al Baker said at a conference in Dubai on Wednesday. Airbus should consider an A350 type larger than the -1000 stretch version to retaliate, he said.