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A $2 billion dispute with Qatar Airways prompts Airbus to modify the A350’s design

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According to recent rumors, the A350 wide-body passenger aircraft’s rear section has undergone design alterations by European aerospace maker Airbus.

The work is being done in the context of a $2 billion court dispute between the manufacturer and Qatar Airways, over alleged design flaws that caused jet surface damage.

According to Airbus, the perforated copper foil (PCF) on the new A350s will replace the expanded copper foil (ECF), which was previously used on airplanes to prevent lightning strikes.

“PCF is being used on rear-section parts on aircraft delivered from the end of 2022,” a spokesperson of Airbus revealed to Reuters.

On January 19, 2023, the most recent preliminary court hearing was held in London.

Airbus’ intention to work on the implementation of the new A350 design is “important” to the ongoing case, according to London’s High Court Judge David Waksman.

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