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Airbus scraps A350 contract with Qatar Airways in feud

Airbus withdrew Qatar Airways’ outstanding order for Airbus A350 aircraft Wednesday, putting the two aviation titans in a rare battle over aircraft quality.

Airbus scraps A350 contract with Qatar Airways in feud

According to the Reuters reports Airbus withdrew Qatar Airways’ outstanding order for Airbus A350 aircraft Wednesday, putting the two aviation titans in a rare battle over aircraft quality. Qatar also went to a UK court to resolve the A350 aircraft paint problem.

Qatar Airways was the first buyer of the Airbus A350, which entered their fleet in 2015. Qatar Airways began complaining about paint flaking from the exterior of the airframe and fuselage two years ago. So Qatar suspended its entire A350 fleet and is suing Airbus for at least $1.4 billion after Qatar’s regulator grounded nearly half of its A350 fleet due to premature surface damage.

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further Airbus accepted the Quality issue of the paint peeling from the surface but denied the Safety concern of the aircraft that Qatar Airways stated. Airbus, backed by European regulators, admitted quality issues on the planes but disputed any safety danger from gaps in the protective sub-layer, stating that there is adequate backup.


As the UK court updated, the case may be resolved in the next years based on all analysis acquired by technological expertise in proof of damages and claims.

According to the sources, who asked not to be identified since the conversations are private, Airbus has informed the airline that it will strike the remainder of the A350 transaction off its books.

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Sneak Peek Inside the Qatar Airways’ Qsuite Next Gen at Farnborough Airshow

Sneak Peek Inside the Qatar Airways' Qsuite Next Gen at Farnborough Airshow

As the Farnborough International Airshow 2024 unfolds, one of the most anticipated highlights has arrived: Qatar Airways’ unveiling of its Innovative Qsuite Next Gen.

This preview offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of luxury travel, showcasing the next evolution of Qatar Airways’ renowned Qsuite. Known for setting the standard in premium cabin experiences, the new Qsuite promises to redefine business class comfort with cutting-edge design and technology.

Building on the success of its pioneering Qsuite, which redefined business class with its door-equipped suites, Qatar Airways’ new generation of Qsuite is poised to elevate the standard even further.

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The original Qsuite revolutionized long-haul travel by introducing a business class seat with a door, making privacy and comfort a new standard in the industry. Now, with the Qsuite Next Gen,



A standout feature of the Qsuite Next Gen is its redesigned Quad Suite, which is equipped with movable 4K OLED Panasonic Astrova IFE screens—a world-first for any airline. These state-of-the-art screens can be repositioned to the side, creating the largest social and productivity space in the sky.

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This setup allows for up to four passengers to enjoy a spacious and flexible environment in the Quad Suite, while the Companion Suite accommodates up to two passengers.

The Qsuite Next Gen will be introduced on Qatar Airways’ Boeing B777-9 aircraft starting in 2025. This new suite configuration not only includes innovative window dual suites but also features a unique combination of quad, duo, and companion suites, each designed with the latest technologies for increased passenger convenience and connectivity.

Customization options are abundant, with enhanced ambient lighting, privacy controls, and upgraded touchscreen Passenger Control Units that offer a more personalized experience.

One notable change in the Qsuite Next Gen is the integration of the TV screens into the suite’s barrier system. Instead of traditional dividers that need to be lowered, these screens serve as part of the barrier and can be folded away when not in use.

However, Qatar Airways has confirmed that these advanced seats will not be retrofitted onto older aircraft. As Qatar Airways continues to evolve its fleet, the airline is focusing on reducing the number of non-Qatar-branded leased aircraft and phasing out the oldest models.

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With the Airbus A350 back in service and a commitment to modernizing its fleet, Qatar Airways is well-positioned to enhance its business class offering and deliver an unparalleled travel experience.

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