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Litigation on the A350: Qatar Airways announces to attack Airbus in front of the British justice

The company indicates that it has not succeeded in finding “a constructive solution with Airbus concerning” the “accelerated degradation of the surface (of the fuselages)” of the A 350.

The airline company Qatar Airways, which grounded of the A 350 due to degradation of the surface of the fuselages , announced on Monday that it had initiated legal proceedings against Airbus before the British courts to settle their resulting dispute.

In a press release, the transporter, one of the European aircraft manufacturer’s major customers, assures that he has “no other choice but to seek a rapid settlement of this dispute through the courts “and have seized Monday the High Court of Justice.

” We have unfortunately failed in all our attempts to reach a constructive solution with Airbus concerning “the” accelerated degradation of the surface (of the fuselages) which has a negative impact on the Airbus A 350 “, explains the company, second in the Middle East after Emirates. These procedures aim to “ensure that Airbus will henceforth respond to our legitimate concerns without further delay”, she explains.

No consequences for in-flight safety, according to Airbus

At the beginning of August, Qatar Airways announced that it had received the order from the regulator of his country to keep on the ground 13 of his Airbus A 350 due to the rapid degradation of the surfaces of the fuselages. Currently, it is 19 of these two-aisle long-haul vessels that are immobilized, according to the company whose fleet counts 34 AT350-900 and 19 A 34 – 1000, according to an Airbus document.

According to Airbus, which recognizes a degradation of the paint that can expose an integrated metal mesh – intended to protect the aircraft in the event of a lightning strike on its fuselage made of composite materials, this situation has no consequences for in-flight safety. Qatar Airways disputes this position and claims that Airbus rejects the proposed corrections.

“We strongly believe that Airbus must undertake a full investigation into this condition to conclusively establish its root cause” , indicates Qatar Airways. “Without a good understanding of the root cause of the condition, it is not possible for Qatar Airways to determine whether a proposed remedy solution will rectify the underlying condition.”

Airbus “ready to take legal action

Asked by AFP, Airbus assured to be” ready to resort to legal action in order to resolve this dispute, faced with an erroneous characterization of the problems of non-structural surface degradation on certain A 34, of which the root cause has been identified. “” Airbus will continue to take all necessary measures to defend its position and its reputation, “continued a spokesperson.

At the beginning of December, Airbus had says he is ready to resort to independent arbitration to try to resolve the dispute, denouncing a “misinterpretation” on the part of his client, in a document with an unusually firm tone for a large buyer.