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Qatar Airways Looks at Loaning Wide-Body Jets to British Airways

  • Move would aid U.K. carrier as its 787s get emergency overhaul
  • Mideast group has surplus capacity following Saudi blockade
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Qatar Airways is considering loaning planes including wide-body models to British Airways in a move that would soak up excess capacity at the Gulf carrier while easing fleet pressures at the U.K. operator as some of its own Boeing Co. 787 jets get emergency overhauls.

Qatar Air is evaluating the situation and could trim frequencies on some routes to free up aircraft for BA, whose parent IAG SA is 20 percent owned by the Mideast group, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in an interview.