The head of Qatar Airways on Tuesday accused airplane-maker Airbus of performing like a “bully” as their billion-greenback dispute in excess of peeling paint appeared no nearer to a resolution.
The airline and major airplane-maker have been battling in the British courts for months in excess of the paint dilemma that observed Qatar Airways floor 23 A350 jets.
“If items were being settled, we would not be even now waiting around for the demo to take place subsequent yr,” Qatar Airways main government Akbar Al Baker claimed at the Intercontinental Air Transportation Affiliation once-a-year normal assembly in Doha.
“A maker need to by no means be permitted to use their industry dominance to bully their very long-standing client.”
Each sides claimed they hoped to attain a negotiated settlement soon after their newest listening to in Could, when a London higher courtroom choose agreed to a speeded-up demo timetable.
Qatar Airways is demanding about $1 billion in damages in excess of the peeling paintwork, which it claims is a danger to the A350’s lightning conductor.
Very last yr, the airline grounded element of its fleet of A350s and demanded $two hundred,000 in damages for each working day for just about every airplane out of motion.
Airbus responded by cancelling an get really worth a lot more than $6 billion for fifty A321s from Qatar Airways, the Center East’s next most significant provider and a single of its most significant consumers.
When questioned for a response to Baker’s responses, Airbus advised AFP: “The finest resolution is a negotiated a single and this is what Airbus is searching for.”
Airbus main government Guillaume Faury previously advised reporters the French maker was in conversations “all the time” with Qatar Airways.
“We have this scenario to solve and it can take time. It can take time and sweat, and I am extremely pissed off to be in this scenario,” he claimed on Sunday.
“I will not like to be in this scenario with clients, which is extremely obvious, which is why we are attempting to function out a resolution going ahead. But it is tricky.”