Qatar currently has orders for 50 A320neo but has decided to change 10 to the A321neoLR.
Part of its decision will be based on what seems to be an utterly intractable blockade that seems set to become a permanent feature of life in the region.
Personal insults between leaders and ruling families have left little room to manoeuvre and there is not even an attempt to bring about a diplomatic solution.
Qatar’s choice of longer range aircraft that get around the closed airspace it has to deal with and reach destinations that a wide body is too much for, makes a great deal of sense.
The first aircraft will arrive in early 2020.