Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, speaks during the 'Culinary Journey in The Sky' news conference in Doha September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad
Qatar Airways CEO backs BAE, EADS merger; eyes Bombardier jets
Posted : Tuesday, 02 October 2012 06:57AM
DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar Airways backs the proposed $45 billion merger of EADS <EAD.PA> and BAE Systems <BAES.L>, the Gulf carrier's chief executive said on Tuesday, arguing a combined entity would make better products.
Airbus parent EADS and BAE Systems are battling to save their tie-up, which would create a European aerospace and defense giant, amid competing government interests.
"It will make them strong," Akbar Al-Baker said. "They're coming back together because staying apart was not in their best interest. They can provide better products and customer service together."
(Reporting by Regan Doherty; Editing by David Holmes)
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