rbavfan wrote:jbs2886 wrote:morrisond wrote:
Generally they don`t ground something unless it is an immediate safety concern - but given the Airline and personalities involved - this could be posturing and a way to reduce costs at a time when cash is scarce.
That would make sense if Qatar weren't bringing retired A330s back into service, which can't be zero cost. If Qatar cancelled flights/adjusted it schedule to compensate for 13 fewer aircraft, sure, but that isn't the case. I'm not saying politics aren't involved or to what extent they are driving what is happening.
They already own the paid off A330's & B77W's. While grounded they do not have to make payments (most likely) on the A350's. So it could save money.
I mean, yes, they are on the property, but it’s not like an aircraft is just parked and you can start flying it immediately. They decommissioned the A330s and now have to prepare to reintroduce them into service. There is no way this saves money, there is a cost to bringing aircraft back into service and then parking (and paying on) A350s (and before saying QR won’t pay, their contacts aren’t with Airbus and they’ll have to fight Airbus for compensation).