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Qatar Airways’ $1 Billion Lawsuit Over Peeling Paint On Planes

Qatar Airways, Airbus have been preventing within the British courts for months over the problem


The top of Qatar Airways on Tuesday accused plane-maker Airbus of appearing like a “bully” as their billion-dollar dispute over peeling paint appeared no nearer to a decision.

The airline and main plane-maker have been preventing within the British courts for months over the paint downside that seen Qatar Airways floor 23 A350 jets.

“If issues had been settled, we would not be nonetheless ready for the trial to occur subsequent yr,” Qatar Airways chief govt Akbar Al Baker stated on the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation annual basic assembly in Doha.

“A producer must not ever be allowed to make use of their market dominance to bully their long-standing buyer.”

Each side stated they hoped to achieve a negotiated settlement after their newest listening to in Could, when a London excessive court docket choose agreed to a speeded-up trial schedule.

Qatar Airways is demanding about $1 billion in damages over the peeling paintwork, which it says is a menace to the A350’s lightning conductor.

Final yr, the airline grounded a part of its fleet of A350s and demanded $200,000 in damages per day for every airplane out of motion.

Airbus responded by cancelling an order value greater than $6 billion for 50 A321s from Qatar Airways, the Center East’s second greatest provider and one in every of its greatest shoppers.

When requested for a response to Baker’s feedback, Airbus informed AFP: “The most effective resolution is a negotiated one and that is what Airbus is searching for.”

Airbus chief govt Guillaume Faury earlier informed reporters the French producer was in discussions “on a regular basis” with Qatar Airways.

“We’ve this example to resolve and it takes time. It takes time and sweat, and I am very annoyed to be on this scenario,” he stated on Sunday.

“I do not wish to be on this scenario with clients, that is very clear, that is why we’re making an attempt to work out an answer shifting ahead. Nevertheless it’s tough.”

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