Airbus has stated that it will “vigorously defend” itself in a lawsuit brought against it by Qatar Airways in the High Court of London.
The Doha-based carrier said on Monday that it had no choice but to sue Airbus since the company had “unfortunately failed” to find a solution to a painting issue affecting some A350 planes.
“Airbus received a formal legal in the English courts filed by Qatar Airways relating to the dispute over the degradation of surface and paint on certain of Qatar Airways’ A350XWB aircraft,” the manufacturer said in a statement released late on Monday evening.
“Airbus is in the process of analysing the contents of the claim. Airbus intends to vigorously defend its position,” the statement continued.
Qatar Airways’ legal move appears to be a direct response to Airbus’ intention to seek “an independent legal review” in a disagreement with an unnamed airline over two weeks ago.
Airbus claimed the customer was “mischaracterizing” its A350 aircraft on a regular basis.
“The attempt by this customer to misrepresent this specific topic as an airworthiness issue represents a threat to the international protocols on safety matters,” Airbus said in an earlier statement.
Before launching its own legal action, Airbus stated that it was attempting to “re-establish a productive communication” with the customer.
Qatar Airways has been asked to ground 21 of its 53 Airbus A350 aircraft owing to airworthiness concerns related to painting issues.
Several A350 carriers, including Cathay Pacific, Finnair, and Lufthansa, were affected by the problem. Those operators have labeled the problem as “cosmetic” and have decided not to ground the planes.
Qatar Airways is said to have rejected various Airbus fixes and is demanding that the manufacturer identify the problem’s core cause.