Qatar Airways is threatening to scrap its orders for Boeing planes and become an exclusive Airbus customer.

The gulf state airline’s chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, warned he may pull the carrier’s 787 ‘dreamliner’ and 777 orders because of long production delays to the programmes.

Qatar has 60 787s on order, and 24 777s. The dreamliner programme is running more than two years late, and it is thought Boeing will have to stump up huge penalty fees to customers as a result.

Speaking at this week’s Paris Air Show, Al Baker slammed Boeing for a lack of communication on what was happening with his orders.

The US planemaker said Qatar is an important customer, and was optimistic of being able to resolve any issues.

Meanwhile, European rival Airbus almost doubled its tally of orders at the air show yesterday with a pledge from low-cost carrier Wizz Air to buy 50 A320 planes worth about £2.3bn at list prices.

Airbus has announced orders for 112 aircraft worth about £7.2bn at the show.

Jet engine maker Rolls-Royce also said it had secured £2.5bn in orders during the show.

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