Qatar Airways Grounds 13 Airbus A350s Over Fuselage Surface Deterioration Written 6 August 2021


Qatar Airways was the A350-900 launch operator on 15 January 2015. | Gerard van der Schaaf; Wikipedia; CC BY 2.0

Reuters reports that Qatar Airways announced Thursday it grounded 13 Airbus A350 aircraft under instruction of its regulator due to deterioration of fuselage surfaces. Qatar Airways has been in a dispute with Airbus for months over the dispute and insisted that it would not take further A350 deliveries until the issue was resolved. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said, “With this latest development, we sincerely expect that Airbus treats this matter with the proper attention that it requires...Qatar Airways expects Airbus to have established the root cause and permanently corrected the underlying condition to the satisfaction of Qatar Airways and our regulator before we take delivery of any further A350 aircraft.”
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