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Airbus Cancels Deal With Qatar Airways for Fourth A350 -Sources

Airbus scraps A350 contract with Qatar Airways in feud

As per source Airbus of Europe has raised the stakes in a dispute with Qatar Airways over damage to the painted surface of long-haul A350 jets by cancelling the contract for a fourth plane, according to three people familiar with the situation. The Gulf carrier claims there are unresolved airworthiness issues and is refusing to accept deliveries, while Airbus maintains that the aircraft are safe despite surface scars. The two firms are engaged in a dispute over this issue.

In May, a British judge rejected a bid by Qatar Airways to force Airbus to stop formally trying to deliver more A350s to the carrier, the aircraft’s largest customer.

As more aeroplanes are manufactured, Airbus may freely attempt to trigger payment clauses as a result of the procedural ruling. It may even try to market A350s that Qatar has refused to airlines like Air India, which industry insiders claim might act as a buyer.

By the end of July, a fifth aircraft should have reached the same position in the pipeline. A sixth aircraft will follow later this year.

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Qatar Airways claims Airbus is incorrectly offering new planes for delivery, while Airbus claims the airline has broken its contract by refusing to take more A350s and is cancelling orders for undelivered planes one by one as they are built.

The two sides are scheduled to meet in a London court on Thursday for the latest in a series of procedural hearings ahead of a full trial, which is tentatively scheduled for June next year unless an out-of-court settlement is reached, which sources say appears unlikely so far.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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