ElroyJetson wrote:I just did search and can find to official statement from the EASA. The link to the tweet above is from an aviation reporter. I do not know how credible he is. I found this from Simply Flying, which is a source many find questionable. Take it for what you will. https://simpleflying.com/easa-no-airbus-a350-grounding/
Key Quote: An EASA spokesperson told Simple Flying that the agency has been aware of the Airbus A350 issue being experienced by Qatar Airways since the end of 2020. It has been working with both Airbus and the airline to determine whether there is a risk to the type’s airworthiness.
EASA told Simple Flying,
“Based on the data provided to EASA, there is no indication that the paint and protection degradation affects the structure of the aircraft or introduces other risks, and so EASA is not intending to take any action as State of Design for this issue at this time. No other airlines have reported paint and protection damage.” Despite this, EASA is still paying attention to the issue. A spokesperson informed Simple Flying that the agency has “contacted the Qatari Civil Aviation Authority to determine if the latest action is related to airworthiness issues with the aircraft type or not.” EASA will then evaluate any further information it receives to “ensure continued airworthiness of the A350”.
I don’t like simpleflying as they in my opinion tend to rehash articles published elsewhere.
The same information has been published in a number of other places indicating EASA briefed the media on the issue on August 10. Other places have not indicated a written statement for EASA.
“Even though the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority instructed Qatar Airways to ground 13 Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft due to fuselage surface deterioration issues, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) expressed its opposite opinion over the matter. The European regulator reportedly does not intend to take any actions over the potential risks since it has not indicated any paint and protection degradation that could affect the structure of the jet nor introduces “other risks”.
Speaking to media on August 10, 2021, the European regulator outlined that judging by the provided data, none of the reported degradations of the particular 13 Qatar Airways aircraft surface paint and protection could affect the structure of the planes and in this way cause the potential risks. EASA argued that none of the other air carriers have reported any “paint and protection damage” and concluded that it will not “take any action as the State of Design for the issue at this time”.”
From https://www.aerotime.aero/28562-easa-op ... r-A350s%20
Now if you look at what the Qatar CAA have on their website https://www.caa.gov.qa/en-us/News/Pages ... t-job.aspx
In that article on the Qatar CAA website they state
“Qatar Airways has clashed with European planemaker Airbus over the painting of an A350 aircraft in a heated dispute that threatens to delay a resumption of European deliveries to the Gulf carrier”
“The clash over paint quality comes at a sensitive time as Airbus tries to enforce delivery of dozens of jets built for airlines that either cannot or will not take delivery amid a slump in demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“ Al Baker was quoted by Bloomberg earlier on Monday as saying the airline would refuse to take new aircraft from Airbus if it was not able to resolve the dispute.
Last year Al Baker said the airline would not take deliveries of any aircraft in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis. He later said the airline had reached an agreement with Airbus over delays.”
Now that article which is on the Qatar CAA website I find as being bizarre as it not usual for any regularity authority to post news about commercial issues like this. Just to be clear, slump in demand, not taking deliveries, default notices are all commercial terms.