Qatar Airways has denied Airbus' claim for $220 million for refusing to take delivery of two A350 aircraft, as the ongoing legal struggle between the two aviation conglomerates continues.
Qatar Airways filed a lawsuit against Airbus for $600 million earlier this year, claiming surface paint concerns on its A350 aircraft. It stated that this put the plane at risk of being damaged by lightning, something the European aircraft maker rejected.
Following this, Airbus filed a $220 million compensation claim against Qatar Airways for refusing to accept two A350 aircraft that were ready to be delivered. It also cancelled a second order for 50 A321neos placed by the carrier.
Qatar Airways is now disputing the $220 million demand, according to Bloomberg, claiming that it has not breached its contract. Airbus, according to the airline, has not explained how it arrived at that figure.
Surface paint problems and damage to the anti-lightning mesh have been reported on a number of Qatar Airways' A350s, according to the airline. It claims that if a lightning strike occurs, the aircraft will be exposed to damage.
Airbus has said that the planes are safe, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has confirmed this (EASA).
Qatar Airways, on the other hand, claims that EASA has not conducted an "extensive analysis" of the problem, and has grounded 22 of its 53 A350 aircraft on the country's aviation authority's orders.