Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the airspace blockade on Qatari territory initiated June 5, 2017, by neighboring nations has negatively affected the performance of the airline. “Unfortunately, this blockade [means Qatar has had to convert] narrowbody routes into widebody routes in order to get sufficient range, as we had to extend the flying time,” he told ATW on board the delivery flight of the carrier’s first Airbus A350-1000 from Toulouse to Doha. Qatar ...

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