Qatar Airways says studying Czech Airlines privatisation

Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:08am EST
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* Akbar Al Baker says no decision on Czech privisation yet

* Says fuel line concerns with Boeing's Dreamliner worrying

* Will look at what action can be taken if not resolved soon

By Praveen Menon

DUBAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Qatar Airways is interested in the privatisation of Czech Airlines (CSA), but has not taken a decision on whether to participate in it, the chief executive of the Gulf carrier said on Tuesday.

The Czech government said last week it was in early stage talks with Qatar Airways and Korean Air over the privatisation of the carrier, adding a decision on privatisation could be taken as early as April.

"We have studied it but have not concluded anything," Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker told Reuters at a business jets air show in Dubai.

"We are still looking at the proposal," he added, declining further comment.

Gulf carriers are on an acquisition spree with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways picking up stakes in four airlines this year including Air Berlin and Virgin Australia .   Continued...