Qatar Airways’ feud with Airbus has set several precedents over the last year. Both sides have engaged in a very public dispute that has seen safety issues raised, orders being canceled, and hundreds of millions being asked in claims. With the courts now being involved, the case could potentially drag on for quite some time. But Airbus has not severed talks with Qatar over the issue. Could this eventually lead to an out-of-court settlement?
Communication not broken
The bitter dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways is nowhere close to being resolved and has only intensified over time. What started out as a paint issue on one jet has now taken the shape of something far bigger than both sides could have imagined.
But behind all the public disagreement, the communication link between the planemaker and the carrier has not been broken. Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury told Reuters on the sidelines of the annual IATA meeting in Doha that they are in constant touch with the airline, and while an immediate solution may not be in sight, their business relationship has not shattered. He said,
“We have been in discussion (and) the line of communication has never been broken between us and Qatar Airways. I am not suggesting it’s easy…but we’re speaking to each other and we continue to support Qatar Airways in their operations.”
Communication link between Airbus and Qatar has, thankfully, not been broken. Photo: Airbus
The A350 paint saga has added several layers, with both sides locking horns for over a year. While Airbus has agreed to flaws in its paint job, it refuses to believe that the issue poses any safety threat to the airliner. The…