Qatar Airways has clashed with European aircraft maker Airbus (AIR.N) over drawings of its A350 jets in a heated dispute that threatens to delay European deliveries to Gulf Airlines. Industry sources said.
Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker has criticized Airbus without giving details of the dispute. But sources said it was related to the latest quality control between the airline and Airbus.
Qatar Airways and Airbus declined to comment.
“We are continually talking to our customers. The contents of these conversations are kept confidential,” said an Airbus representative.
Qatar Airways Airways is specially scrutinized for compliance with premium brands. But aerospace executives have accused of seizing such details in the past to delay deliveries of jets that are no longer needed. This is a suggestion that is often rejected.
Color quality clashing occurs in sensitive moments. As Airbus seeks to enforce deliveries of dozens of jets built for airlines that cannot or cannot deliver amid slumping demand due to the coronavirus pandemic
airbus has sent Dozens of “initial notices” or legal warnings to airlines about jets that have not been delivered since the crisis
Head Chef Guillaume Faury has threatened legal action against the airline for refusing to accept deliveries.
Qatar Airways’ Al Baker was quoted by Bloomberg earlier on Monday that the airline would refuse to accept new planes from Airbus if the dispute cannot be resolved.
Last year, Al Baker said the airline would not take delivery of any planes in 2020 or 2021 because of the coronavirus crisis. He later said the airline had reached an agreement with Airbus over the delay. Details were not disclosed.
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