Airbus has stated it would search an “impartial authorized evaluation” as a method to resolve a dispute over the grounding of the Qatar Airways A350 fleet.
The Center East service took round 20 plane out of operation in August claiming paint on the fuselage was “degrading at an accelerated fee” and creating a security concern.
Final week Qatar Airways chief government, Akbar Al Baker, known as on Airbus to deal with the issue.
“It’s a severe matter; we have no idea whether it is an airworthiness concern; we additionally have no idea that it isn’t an airworthiness concern.
“The actual explanation for it has not been established by Airbus,” he informed the Aviation Membership in London.
Thus far, Airbus and the flag-carrier have been unable to settle the difficulty throughout “direct and open discussions”.
Within the face of the “ongoing mischaracterisation of non-structural floor degradation,” Airbus has now confirmed it would search authorized redress.
The producer stated the floor paint-related findings have been totally assessed by its personal workforce and confirmed by the European Aviation Security Company (EASA) as having “no airworthiness affect” on the A350.
The try by Qatar Airways “to misrepresent this particular subject as an airworthiness concern” represents a menace to the worldwide protocols on security issues, a press release stated.
“Whereas Airbus regrets the necessity to observe such a path, it has turn out to be essential to defend its place and fame.
“Airbus has labored actively with its clients as a way to minimise the affect and any inconvenience brought on by this in-service floor degradation on the plane.
“These options have all been dismissed by the above-mentioned buyer with out reputable justification,” added a press release.
Airbus stated the A350 is performing properly in service, with a 99.5 per cent operational reliability.
The corporate stated it was working to re-establish a constructive dialogue with Qatar Airways on the matter – however is just not prepared to simply accept “inaccurate statements” to proceed.