Pelly wrote:Revelation wrote:I do agree that AAB/QR went public first and Airbus seems that it would have preferrIt is interesting that ed to keep the conversations private, but we're well past that point now.
The aircraft went to Ireland 11/2020, issue first came to public via Twitter and online press in 01/2021 and Airbus at the time commented on it:
“Whilst undergoing a repaint at Shannon, Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350-900 aircraft was observed to have some irregularities on the surface coating. The issue is superficial/cosmetic and only visible when the top coat of paint is stripped. It is not a structural composite issue! In agreement with Qatar Airways the aircraft will be flown to Toulouse for further inspection -as a precaution- and re-painting. There is no safety concern.“
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/qata ... rbus-a350/
The first public comments by QR/AAB came around 05/2021 or 06/2021.
Thanks for clarifying and correcting the timeline. It is interesting that Airbus took that stance so early on, as if they knew it was important to stake their ground. I do recall reading the comments you posted, but it reads differently in the current context of an upcoming legal action.
accentra wrote:As an aside, you do have to wonder if this would have ever happened under John Leahy's watch? I would contend that this would have all unfolded quite differently under him. But it demonstrates a new, no-nonsense, approach from Airbus, as they perhaps become the dominant force in the duopoly?
I think they would have handled this differently in earlier times, and I think they are going to wish they had handled this situation differently in hindsight. These are big ticket items and there are only so many customers buying them. Also IMO other customers who aren't commenting publicly are watching how QR gets treated and aren't particularly liking what they are seeing, as it may be them next who needs to escalate a situation.
I am surprised that AAB hasn't made much of a public fuss about the 787 situation. I imagine compensation is involved, which is the approach Airbus IMO should be taking rather than threatening legal action then finding themselves in court anyway.
LTEN11 wrote:QR and AAB backed up that opinion about the PW GTF, by switching to the competitors engine. They aren't all froth and bubbles, they're prepared to back it up with their cheque book when necessary.
That's the rub, at the end of the day it is the customer who decides where to spend their money.