Airbus has cancelled a $6bn contract with Qatar Airways for 50 of its new A321neo passenger jets, escalating a legal battle between the two companies over paint on the recently delivered A350s, Trend reports citing Al Jazeera.
Qatar Airways called Airbus’s decision announced on Friday “a matter of considerable regret and frustration”.
The airline complained the paint on the recently delivered Airbus A350s was cracking and peeling, exposing copper meshing used to insulate the aircraft against lightning strike.
It is seeking more than $600m in compensation after grounding the affected aircraft – 21 of its 53 A350 jets – claiming the paint issue is a safety risk.
The deal was reportedly worth $6.35bn when it was finalised in December 2017.