A report by Al Jazeera on 6 January 2022 has said that Qatar Airways is claiming more than $600m in compensation from Airbus for surface flaws on A350 jetliners, as per a court document that says that this feud is worth $4m a day.
As per the report, Qatar Airways is also asking British judges to order France-based Airbus not to attempt to deliver any more of the jets until what it describes as a design defect has been fixed.
The two companies have been in a disagreement for months about damage including blistered paint, cracked window frames or riveted areas and erosion of a layer of lightning protection.
In an earlier report, 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.
Now, Qatar Airways said its national regulator has ordered it to stop flying 21 out of its 53 A350 jets as the problems appeared, prompting a bitter dispute with Airbus which has said that, while it acknowledges technical problems, there is no safety issue, according to Al Jazeera.
As per the report, the financial and technical details associated with the rare legal spat have emerged in a court filing at a High Court division in London, where Qatar Airways sued Airbus in December. Qatar Airways is calling for $618m in compensation from Airbus for the partial grounding, plus $4m for every day that the 21 jets remain out of service.
Sources: Al Jazeera; South China Morning Post
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