Qatar Airways halts A350 jet deliveries, blames surface faults

SourceArabian Business
SectorTourism
CountryQatar

Paint on some of the twin-aisle planes ‘has been degrading at an accelerated rate,’ the Gulf carrier said in a statement

Qatar Airways said it will stop taking delivery of Airbus SE A350 jets after issues under the surface of the paint forced it to ground some aircraft.

The paint on some of the twin-aisle planes “has been degrading at an accelerated rate,” the Gulf carrier said in a statement. The impacted aircraft will be idled and handovers halted until the “root cause can be understood and corrected”.

An Airbus spokesman declined to comment on the dispute, saying discussions with customers are confidential.

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