Qatar Airways had an outstanding order for 19 Airbus A350-1000s.
On Thursday, Airbus confirmed that it had canceled all remaining Airbus A350 orders from Qatar Airways. This is the latest escalation of the safety and contractual dispute between the Gulf carrier and the European manufacturer. Qatar Airways had 19 outstanding A350-1000 orders.
Airbus and Qatar Airways
The ongoing drama between Airbus and Qatar Airways took an extraordinary turn on Thursday when Airbus confirmed, on its monthly order data, that it had executed a rare revocation, scrapping Qatar’s remaining A350-1000 unfilled order. Following publishing its data, an Airbus spokesperson confirmed the news to Reuters. The Middle Eastern carrier now has 19 A350-100s and 34 A350-900s.
Qatar Airways was the 1st airline to introduce Airbus’ latest widebody to the skies in 2015. Last year, Qatar sued Airbus for at least $1.4 billion after grounding nearly half its A350 fleet over premature surface damage. The Gulf carrier declined to take delivery of more A350s and took the case to court while also releasing a damning video montage of at least three separate airframes showing degraded paintwork, which led Airbus also to cancel Qatar’s order for 50 A321neos.
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Qatar Airways brought the case to European courts, hoping to receive backing from the justice there, forcing Airbus to restart the deliveries of the A321neos order and get an explanation from Airbus regarding the lost patches of anti-lightning mesh left exposed by peeling paint in its A350s.
Nonetheless, a court in London ruled in April that Airbus did not have to continue building the planes for the airline. The court agreed with Airbus that the 2 contracts (for the A350 and the A321neo) were connected by a ‘cross default’ clause, which permitted the OEM to pull the plug on one deal if the other was not honored.
During the Farnborough Airshow in July, Qatar confirmed a Memorandum of Understanding for 25 Boeing MAX 10 plus 25 options. Nonetheless, Qatar had claimed in the past that it would be unable to fill the gap left by the lack of the A321neos, even with the order for MAX jetliners.
As information by Air Insight, Qatar A350-1000s that have been assembled but are currently stored in Toulouse are MSN409, MSN430, MSN438, MSN440, MSN444, and MSN450. All these planes, except for MSN450, had done their 1st flight.
Airbus had booked orders for 843 jets between
Airbus had booked orders for 843 jets between January and August 2022. It has a net total of 637 after revocations, including the aircraft scrapped from Qatar’s orders.
The European OEM delivered a total net of 380 jets over the same time, although it would have been 382 after Airbus built 2 A350 aircraft for Aeroflot but was unable to deliver them due to sanctions.
According to data provided by ch-aviation, the Gulf airline still expects to welcome 25 Boeing 737 MAX 10, 2 Boeing 777-200F, one B777-300(ER), 24 B777-8, 50 B777-9, and 23 Boeing 787-9.
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