Whilst Airbus’ is flying high after their success with United Airlines in the US, problems continue to plague the deal with Qatar Airways who has decided not to take delivery of the carrier’s first Airbus A350-900, due to arrive at the weekend. The airline is quoted as saying the transfer of title has been postponed ‘until further notice’ whilst reaffirming their commitment to introduce the A350 ‘very soon’.
The A350-900 is the cornerstone of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB Family. Tailored to meet carrier’s needs for medium to long haul operations, the A350 balances size, speed and fuel efficiency, optimising revenue potential.
Neither party would comment on the reasons for the A350 postponement. As the A350 was due to be pressed immediately into service, flying from Toulouse to Doha this Saturday (13/12/2014) there’s no shortage of speculation.
Qatar Airways has 80 A350s on order, 43 -900s and 37 -1000s. The airline is also the launch customer for the A320neo which is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2015. There is currently no indication whether not the delay of the A350s will impact on delivery of the A320neo.