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Qatar Airways chief says to receive 7 A350s by year-end

Doha-based carrier takes delivery of its second Airbus A350 as part of order for 80 long-haul jets

Qatar Airways chief says to receive 7 A350s by year-end

Qatar Airways will take delivery of its second Airbus A350 on Wednesday and expects to receive seven more this year, chief executive Akbar Al Baker said.

Qatar Airways has ordered 80 of the newest European long-haul jet, which is designed to compete with Boeing 787 and 777.

Speaking at a news conference at the ITB trade fair in Berlin, Al Baker also joined Dubai's Emirates in urging US airlines to publish a dossier alleging unfair subsidies.

"I'm sure there could be information in there that could be misleading," he said.

Three major US airlines claim in the 55-page dossier sent to US government officials and lawmakers that Gulf carriers received $40 billion in subsidies and want the Obama administration to renegotiate Open Skies agreements.

Gulf carriers deny receiving any market-distorting aid and argue that Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection enjoyed in the past by the big US carriers amounts to a form of trade distortion.

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