Major airline CEO knocks 787 program

The chief executive of Qatar Airways expressed displeasure with the lack of progress with Boeing’s 787 program and threatened to shift extra business to Europe’s Airbus, according to Reuters.

Akbar Al Baker had harsh words for the Chicago-based aerospace manufacturer, saying it has failed in development of its 787 Dreamliner, which is seen likely to suffer a further delay following a fire on a recent test flight.

“I was really taken aback by the (787) program,” he said during a news conference. “I never expected a program could be delayed so much with a company like Boeing, which has pride in its quality. They have very clearly failed.”

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