March 29, 2023

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Qatar Airways calls for out-of-court settlement with Airbus

Qatar Airways calls for out-of-court settlement with Airbus

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker has called for a negotiated settlement of a bitter legal dispute with Airbus over defective exterior painted aircraft.
Qatar Airways has asked the Supreme Court in London to suspend the cancellation of an order by Airbus for 50A321 single-decker aircraft worth more than $ 6 billion.
Several months ago, Qatar Airways became embroiled in a dispute with Airbus over the external deformation of some of its A350 wide-body aircraft.
“Every partnership has disputes, and I hope this dispute will be resolved out of court,” al-Baker told reporters at a press conference on the sidelines of a press conference on preparations for the 2022 World Cup. .
Airbus said in a statement that the lawsuit was probably funded by Qatar Airways, but that the case could be settled out of court. . “
In its statement, Airbus stressed that it “wants a harmonious solution” to the controversy.
The disputed airline stopped operating 23 flights and did not accept further deliveries from the European company until the issue was resolved.
Qatar Airways sued Airbus over the issue in the High Court in London last December, where Airbus actively defended the A350 against recommendations that the aircraft was unsafe.
The Civil Aviation Authority in Qatar suspended flights, citing the metal grill under the paint as a safety hazard, but the European Aviation Security Agency said the paint-related problem “would have no effect on the A350 fleet’s aircraft capability”.

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