A report by Reuters has mentioned that "Airbus has revoked the contract for a third A350 ordered by Qatar Airways after the Gulf carrier rejected delivery in an ongoing dispute over damage to the surface of the long-haul jets, two people familiar with the matter said."
"The number of A350s grounded by the airline in the dispute of overexposed and damaged lightning protection has reached 23, bringing the value of compensation sought by the carrier to slightly over $1 billion, they said."
Earlier, in a video released on YouTube, Qatar Airways showed the defects on the skin of some of the A350s grounded by the country's regulator.
The report said that neither company had any immediate comment. "The two sides have wrangled for more than a year over accelerated surface damage that the airline says raises questions over the safety of the planes, with Qatar's regulator grounding jets as the problem appears. Airbus has denied any safety problems and responded to Qatar's refusal to take any more A350s until the problem is resolved by revoking deals for undelivered A350s, one by one, and axing a separate contract for A321neos."
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