Qatar Airways said has just joined a list of airlines seeking compensation from airplane maker, Boeing over its 737 Max 8 crisis.
The airlines’ group chief executive Akbar al-Baker told Reuters in an interview.
“At Qatar Airways we do not operate any MAX airplanes – it affected our investment into Air Italy. Air Italy has three MAX operated in its fleet and they were grounded so it affected us – we had to take extra routing from outside,” al-Baker said.
“Boeing has to compensate us for grounding,” he said.
Qatar Airways is a major owner in Air Italy, where three Boeing 737 Max 8 jets were grounded.
According to Reuters reported, Qatar purchased 49% of Air Italy, Italy’s second largest carrier behind Alitalia, which, in turn, is partly owned by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways.