Airbus CEO says in discussion with Qatar Airways on A350 dispute | Aviation News

The 2 sides are engaged in a authorized battle over the airworthiness of Europe’s latest long-haul jet.

Airbus is in discussions with Qatar Airways to attempt to resolve a bitter authorized and security dispute over the A350 passenger jet, in accordance with the planemaker’s chief government.

“There’s progress within the sense that we’re speaking; we’re working with one another,” Guillaume Faury instructed the Reuters information company on the sidelines of an airways assembly in Doha on Sunday.

“I believe we share the view {that a} settlement could be a greater means ahead, however so long as you don’t have an settlement, you don’t have any settlement.”

There was no speedy remark from Qatar Airways.

The 2 sides are at loggerheads over the airworthiness of Europe’s latest long-haul jet after injury to its protecting outer pores and skin uncovered gaps in lightning safety and prompted Qatari authorities to floor greater than 20 jets.

Airbus, backed by European regulators, has acknowledged high quality flaws with the jets at a number of airways however denies the issues quantity to a security threat, due to backup methods.

Qatar Airways, supported by its personal nationwide regulator, which has ordered the jets out of service, insists that the protection influence can’t be correctly understood till Airbus gives deeper evaluation.

In an unprecedented London courtroom battle, Qatar Airways is pursuing Airbus for greater than $1bn in damages, with the worth of the service’s declare rising by $4m per day.

“We’re in a tough place, however we in Airbus are actually keen to discover a means out,” Faury stated.

“We’ve been in dialogue [and] the road of communication has by no means been damaged between us and Qatar Airways. I’m not suggesting it’s simple … however we’re talking to one another and we proceed to assist Qatar Airways of their operations.”

No direct talks to this point

Qatar Airways Chief Government Akbar Al Baker instructed reporters final month that he hoped the dispute may very well be “resolved exterior the courts of regulation” whereas remaining severely vital of the erosion of the jets, which has additionally affected another carriers.

To this point, business sources say there aren’t any indicators of a settlement and a British decide final month referred to as into query whether or not the dispute may very well be resolved exterior courtroom any time quickly given the extensive hole between the events.

Faury and Al Baker are each attending the June 19-21 annual meeting of the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation in Doha, however delegates stated there had been no signal of direct talks to this point.

Business sources say the rift is especially onerous to unravel after it widened in January when Airbus revoked a separate contract with Qatar Airways for its smaller A321neos.

Qatar Airways has stated the transfer to punish the airline over the A350 by cancelling a separate deal units a worrying market precedent, however Airbus says it was making use of its contractual rights.