The Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker has urged Airbus to admit that it has a "problem with flaws on the surface of its A350 jets". Al Baker has said that Qatar Airways would not be buying the A350 freighter planes from Airbus anymore and will be dealing with Boeing instead, according to a news report by Reuters.
He also confirmed that Qatar Airways had grounded 20 of the A350s in a dispute over paint and surface damage, and told Airbus to stop any further deliveries to Qatar.
According to the South China Post, the faults on the A350s have been described as "blistering in the planes’ finish, exposing fuselage beneath", and Al Baker has accused Airbus of destroying its business relationship with the carrier, and also warned that it would not be easy to repair the relationship it previously had with Airbus.
Airbus has made a very large dent in our widebody operations," Al Baker said.
According to Reuters, Al Baker said that Airbus had finally admitted that the problem was not just constrained till Qatar, but other airlines had also been affected with the same condition.
Reuters conducted an investigation into the matter and has discovered that there are, at least another five airlines that have raised concerns about surface flaws since the A350s entered service.
Sources: Reuters; South China Morning Post
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