October 2, 2012 / 10:59 AM / in 5 years

Qatar Airways CEO backs BAE, EADS merger; eyes Bombardier jets

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.

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

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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