Qatar Airways and Airbus have “resolved” a three-month-long dispute that had been blocking delivery of the airline’s first A380s, according to a new Reuters article that cites industry sources.
The national carrier’s inaugural A380 flight to London Heathrow was initially planned for June, but has been pushed back repeatedly since then.
Airbus and Qatar Airways have not commented on Reuters’ report, but news of a resolution suggests that there will be no more delays past Oct. 10, which is the latest date the airline has listed for its first A380 service to London.
The October launch is despite remarks from a senior Airbus official over the summer that the new planes would not be ready until December.
Speaking to reporters at Farnborough air show in the UK in July, Tom Williams, executive vice president of programs at Airbus, said “I don’t see it (delivery) being an issue for year end.”
He added that the delay involved issues related to the cabin, including paint in some areas having a bubbled texture, joint lines on wallpaper and some gaps in non-textile floor coverings believed to be in the galley.
At the same show, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the airline would not be placing any new orders for aircraft from the company until the delay was sorted.
“I am very disappointed,” the Wall Street Journal reported Al Baker as saying, adding that he said Airbus had to admit to faults on its A380 delivery or he would do so for them.
Qatar Airways initially planned to receive three of its order of 13 A380 super-jumbos in June, to be flown first to London, and subsequently to Paris and New York.
Just yesterday, flight tracker Airline Route reported that Qatar Airways has pushed back its the first A380 service bookings for Doha to Paris for another two weeks – from Oct. 16 to Nov. 1.
Once operational, Qatar Airways’ A380s will have 517 seats – 457 in economy, 52 in business and eight in first class.
Its first and business class cabins – and a special lounge area for premium passengers – will both be located on the aircraft’s upper deck, with economy seating being split between both floors of the aircraft.
Who’s QA going to order planes off then? Cessna? Lear? They’ve already threatened boeing with the same. Also, they’re not going to be using wallpaper on planes by the time this goes into service, it’s already been flying for 7 years commercially! 457 transit economy seats sounds like a treat of a cabin as well, perhaps they should introduce it on the Doha-Bahrain-Doha flights first, London and Paris seem a bit far away, would want to really test out those interiors with loads of daily flights, and finally, premium economy? Heard of it? It’s the new thing around town, look into it
They must have already received one plane. There is an inauguration ceremony this week.
when it comes to Qatar Airways I have really hard time saying something positive about it…..they are masters in pissing off people