The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the company's standing policies on conversations with the media.
The package arrived in Qatar Airways' hub in Doha, Qatar on a flight from the Yemeni capital San'a.
It was then shipped on a separate plane to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where it was discovered by authorities.
The package contained explosives hidden in a printer cartridge and was headed for the United States.
Al Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen is suspected in the plot.
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