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Qatar Airways eyes A330 phase-out by 2022, A320 by 2024

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Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int’l) is planning to phase out all its A330-200s and A330-300s within the next three years, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker told the Gulf Times. The carrier is planning to replace the A330 family aircraft with A350s.

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, Qatar Airways currently operates seven A330-200s and thirteen -300s. The family is 13 years old on average. The -200s have accumulated between 10,939 and 15,021 flight cycles, while the -300s have already amassed between 11,201 and 13,478 flight cycles as of the end of February 2019.

At least some of the A330s will be redelivered to Air Italy (IG, Milan Malpensa), in which Qatar Airways holds a 49% stake.

The Qatari carrier already operates thirty-four A350-900s and seven A350-1000s and has a further three and thirty-five units of the respective types on order with Airbus.

Al Baker also said that by 2024, Qatar Airways plans to phase out the existing fleet of thirty-two A320-200s.

“From 2024, our fleet will consist of Boeing B777s and B787s and Airbus A350s and A321s. At that time, there will not be any more Airbus A320s and A319s in our fleet,” he said.

Qatar Airways has already retired all A319-100s except for two ACJ units used for VIP transport. It already operates six A321-200s and has a total of fifty A321-200neo on order from Airbus, including ten in the LR variant.

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