Qatar Airways will not take delivery of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner until an engine defect is modified, the Gulf carrier's chief executive said on Tuesday.
"The 787 has an engine with new technology. However, there has been a material defect in the engine which now needs replacement and inspection," Akbar Al Baker said after a speech in the Qatari capital.
"We have informed Boeing that we will not take delivery until the 787s have the new modified shaft."
On the subject of the proposed USD$45 billion merger of EADS and BAE Systems, Al Baker said a combined entity would make better products.
"It will make them strong," he said. "They're coming back together because staying apart was not in their best interest. They can provide better products and customer service together."