Airbus cancels delivery of 21 A350-1000s to Qatar Airways amid litigation over poor quality of A350s already delivered
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Airbus cancels delivery of 21 A350-1000s to Qatar Airways amid litigation over poor quality of A350s already delivered

Airbus, a European aircraft consortium, has cancelled all A350 passenger plane deliveries for Qatar Airways. This was reported by Reuters, citing industry sources. Airbus has not yet provided any official comment.

In connection to claims regarding the quality of the aircraft delivered, the European aircraft manufacturer and Qatari airline are currently in litigation. Airbus admits there are technical issues, but does not believe they have any impact on flight safety. The defects are alarming:

A London court dismissed Qatar Airways’ claim that Airbus had cancelled an order for 50 A321 Neo aircraft in April 2022. The carrier filed a lawsuit to delay cancellation of the order pending the completion of legal proceedings relating to the A350 aircraft.

Qatar Airways sued Airbus at the end of December 2021 in the United Kingdom to get an investigation into the wear of the composite coating on A350 aircraft’s fuselage. According to the corporation the problem of surface degradation on the A350 aircraft is not structural. It is due to operating conditions at Qatari airlines. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) supported this assessment.

Qatar Airways ordered 21 A350 1000s from Airbus. Some of these aircraft were already available for delivery. The planes were to be replenished the fleet that already included 34 A350-990 aircraft and 19 A350-1000. It should be noted, however, that the majority of A350s available to Qatar Airways have been landed. This is due to the same defects as well as safety reasons.

Airbus cancels delivery of 21 A350-1000s to Qatar Airways amid litigation over poor quality of A350s already delivered
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