Qatar Airways Sues Airbus Over Plane Defects

The airline industry rarely makes anyone happy, right? Even in the unlikely event that everything runs perfectly, it’s still just “ok.” We’ve seen customers suing airlines, airports suing and being sued by airlines, but here’s one about about airline suing an airplane manufacturer over fuselage defects (a sentence no one wants to utter).

Qatar Airways said this week that it has filed legal proceedings against European plane maker Airbus SE related to fuselage surface degradation on some of its A350 widebody jets. According to news sources, Qatar said it has so far grounded 21 A350 jets because of the issue, which couldn’t be solved through discussions between the two companies.

In August, the carrier said it had to ground 13 A350s at the instruction of its regulators because of the surface and paint damages that could pose safety issues.

“We have sadly failed in all our attempts to reach a constructive solution with Airbus in relation to the accelerated surface degradation condition adversely impacting the Airbus A350 aircraft,” the carrier said. “Qatar Airways has therefore been left with no alternative but to seek a rapid resolution of this dispute via the courts.”

The aerospace giant acknowledged in a statement late Monday that it has received a formal legal claim from the Qatari airline, and said it intends to “vigorously defend its position.”

Earlier this month, the plane maker–which doesn’t dispute the existence of surface degradation on some A350 aircraft–said the issue has no effect on its fleet’s airworthiness, a finding that it said was confirmed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. At the time, Airbus also said it was seeking an independent legal assessment in the face of what it called “mischaracterization of nonstructural surface degradation on its fleet of A350 aircraft by one of its customers.”

Two wings on every plane (hopefully) and two sides to every dispute it seems. But as we know, dispute are EVERYWHERE. And when those things negatively impact YOU and/or YOUR business including bankruptcies, landlord/tenant matters including unlawful detainers, contract issues, nuisance ADA claims and even collections, call in your good guy business litigator, Dean Sperling to resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind!

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