13 Airbus A350s were grounded by Qatar Airways

Due to unexpected deterioration of the fuselage surface below the paint on the jets, Qatar Airways grounded 13 Airbus A350 planes.

In addition to the routine checking for ensuring the safety and security of the passengers, the airlines always closely monitor the condition of its Airbus A350 fleet. The airlines stated in a statement that they found the Fuselage surface below the paint degrading at an alarming rate.

The airline works continuously to ensure the safety of its passengers with its regulators. A total of thirteen aircraft has been grounded. They will remain in the current state until the airline manages to find the root cause of the problem and a solution for the condition which requires great attention.

“The safety and security of its passengers remain Qatar Airways’ primary concern. The airline will do all it can to also ensure that its passengers are not inconvenienced by the mandated removal of these aircraft from service and will endeavour to find alternative solutions to offer the usual high standard of service to all passengers. Qatar Airways has already taken action to return its A330 fleet into service with immediate effect to offset some of the impacts of the grounded A350 aircraft and is presently looking at other solutions too.” 

“In addition to the airline’s focus on protecting its reputation for offering the highest levels of customer experience, Qatar Airways is cooperating with all the leasing companies affected by this A350 grounding who have started to inspect their impacted aircraft,” the airlines added in the statement.

“With this latest development, we sincerely expect that Airbus treats this matter with the proper attention that it requires. Qatar Airways will not accept anything other than aircraft that continue to offer its customers the highest possible standard of safety and the best travel experience that they deserve. Qatar Airways expects Airbus to have established the root cause and permanently corrected the underlying condition to the satisfaction of Qatar Airways and our regulator before we take delivery of any further A350 aircraft.” said H E Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of the airlines.


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