Qatar Airways said on Monday it had begun taking action in a British court against European plane maker Airbus in a bid to resolve a dispute over surface damage to its A350 planes.
The company added in a statement, that all its attempts to reach a constructive solution with Airbus regarding the rapid deterioration of the surface of the Airbus A350 aircraft, which negatively affects it, have failed.
She said that accordingly, Qatar Airways had no alternative but to seek a quick solution to this dispute through the judiciary.
In response, Airbus today confirmed that its A350 aircraft is safe.
The company added that it had nothing to add to previous data that it had found the root cause of surface damage on some of the A350s and was working with customers and safety authorities.
“We are working with customers to provide improvements,” an Airbus spokesperson said.
The two sides have been feuding for months over surface damage, including paint and a lightning rod base layer, which Qatar Airways says has so far prompted the local regulator to ground 21 planes.
The row widened this month when documents seen by Reuters revealed that at least five other airlines had complained of paint or other surface defects since late 2016.
Qatar Airways said it had started legal proceedings in the technology and construction division of the High Court in London. It was not yet possible to obtain more details about these procedures.
Airbus said last week that it offered solutions to Qatar Airways, such as repairing the lightning protection layer or completely repainting the plane, but it rejected the offer.
The Qatari company said on Monday that it could not assess the feasibility of any proposed reforms without a proper understanding of the underlying cause of the situation.