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CEO Akbar Al Baker noted at the World Economic Forum in May that the carrier is investing $16 billion to grow its fleet from 46 to 110 aircraft by 2015. But it is cautious about a $10 billion deal for 60 A350s it committed to in a letter of intent last year, waiting to see the results of Airbus's redesign of the aircraft. It is slated to be the largest customer for the A350.

The redesign appears to be only a small obstacle on Qatar Airways' rapid growth path. A new livery is being introduced this year, with an A340-600HGW, a model for which it is the launch customer, the first aircraft to feature the design when it is delivered this summer. …

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