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Qatar and Airbus settle legal row over paint

Qatar Airways A350-900

Qatar Airways A350-900 (Qatar Airways)

Qatar Airways and Airbus have reached an out-of-court settlement over the A350 paint row which led to Airbus cancelling Qatar Airways’ orders.

The row centred around a paint issue on the Airus A350 which led to degradation that, according to the Qatari regulator, was a safety issue leading to the affected aircraft being grounded.

The grounding of the aircraft allowed Qatar Airways to seek compensation from Airbus, who denied that the problem caused a safety issue meaning that the matter ended up in the UK Courts.

A repair program has now been agreed upon between the two parties with neither side admitting liability or being held responsible for the problems.

The exact details of the agreement are confidential but Airbus says that it paves the way for Airbus and Qatar Airways to move forward and work together as partners.

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