Airbus revokes entire A350 contract with Qatar Airways

Airbus revokes entire A350 contract with Qatar Airways

The commercial dispute dates back to August 2021 when the Qatari company decided to ground part of its fleet of A350 jumbo jets due to the deterioration of the surface of the fuselages.

Airbus canceled the remainder of its contract to deliver 19 A350 aircraft in the context of the dispute between it and Qatar Airways, having already canceled an order for 50 A321s in January, a source close to the airline said Wednesday. , confirming the information for printing.

The controversy dates back to August 2021 when the Qatari company decided to ground part of its A350 jumbo jet fleet due to damage to the surface of the fuselages, demanding $ 200,000 in compensation per plane and per day of immobility. Airbus believes that this defect has no impact on flight safety. A legal and commercial battle between the two groups is now underway in court. At the end of April, British justice first ruled in favor of Airbus authorizing it to resell the A321s not delivered to other airlines.

The decision was upheld in late May by the London High Court, which also accepted Qatar Airways’ request to expedite the trial schedule, scheduled for June next year. The cancellation of the delivery of 19 A350-1000 is equivalent to a deficit of 7 billion euros according to the catalog price of Airbus, in fact never applied. Neither Airbus nor Qatar Airways immediately commented on this information.

“We are trying to find a solution to move forward, but it is difficult”

Guillaume Faury, Chief of Airbus

In August 2021, Qatar Airways announced that it had received an order from its country’s regulatory authority to ground 13 of its already delivered Airbus A350s due to rapid deterioration of fuselage surfaces. Last April, 23 of these planes had been grounded by the company for several months. The European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, believes that these degradations pose no risk to airworthiness.

At the General Assembly of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) held in Doha, Qatar, in June, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker called the cancellation of the A321 order “intimidation“.”An aircraft manufacturer should never be allowed to use its market dominance to intimidate its long-standing customers.“, Had launched Akbar al-Baker. Airbus chief Guillaume Faury assured him that they were trying to “discuss“.”We are trying to find a solution to move forward, but it is difficult“, He had conceded. Qatar Airways’ fleet includes 34 A350-900s and 19 A350-1000s, according to an Airbus document.

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