Akbar al-Bakr, the chief executive of Qatar Airways has said the airline wants to be a launch customer for Boeing's forthcoming 777X mini-jumbo jet, and that the airline plans to open at least three new routes to the US, Reuters has reported. "We are very keen on the 777-8 and -9X aircraft and we are receiving presentations from Boeing in this regard," Al Baker told the news service. "We would definitely want to be the launch customer," he said. "We hope to be one of the launch customers." Al Bakr also said the Doha-based carrier plans to open new service to the US cities of Boston, Detroit and Atlanta, and possibly others, over the next 12 to 18 months.