Airbus has refused to display Qatar Airways’ A380 in a bid to make the airline take delivery of the aircraft, the firm’s CEO Akbar Al Baker has claimed.
The airline had planned to display the aircraft for the first time at the show, but is caught in a dispute with Airbus over delivery.
Al Baker said he had hoped Airbus would showcase the aircraft, but the manufacturer has decided not to, claiming that it is working on the A380. Al Baker expressed his disappointment, but said it was Airbus' decision: “It is not my aircraft yet.”
Qatar has refused to take delivery of three A380s, which were due to be handed over in June. The airline is in ongoing disputes with the OEM regarding the delivery and Al Baker would not disclose any information about when it expects to get them, nor the reasons for the delay. “You had better ask Airbus,” he said.
It is thought the airline found a number of issues, both interior and exterior, during delivery acceptance inspections. Qatar says it will seek compensation from Airbus for the delivery delay.