The influence of the French state on Airbus is also being exaggerated in numerous posts on this thread; that’s quite simply not how the cooking crumbles.
Having QR as a customer is a constant battle and often deeply frustrating. But money’s money, and QR is for better or worse considered a prestige customer. If the relationship can be sorted, while at the same time sending a shot across the bow of Boeing (and below the waterline of the 777X) and positioning the A350F as the large freighter of the future, Airbus will without hesitation enter a new contract and let bygones be bygones. Airbus is a business run by professionals; QR is a vanity project run by a megalomaniac.
Agreed. If QR is allowed to save face here and walk away with their head held high, the problem will just be kicked down the road and in a few years time we'll all be hearing the same moaning from AAB about A321neos....then A350neos etc.
I think Airbus's relationship with QR will only continue if QR has new leadership.
Airbus has strong backlogs in their narrowbody and widebody programs and aren't desperate. Let AAB entrust his airline's future to Boeing.
Airbus is well within their rights to refuse to do business with a customer
They don't have to refuse to do business with QR, they can simply offer pricing that will ensure QR goes elsewhere.
I always wonder to what extent this is the case already in terms of both OEMs baking an "AAB factor" into pricing for QR RFPs. IE helping to factor in the cost of him rejecting airplanes or otherwise dithering and delaying taking delivery of them as he throws around his weight and makes sure that he is given special treatment.
With that in mind it would be genuinely interesting to know what the difference is in terms of the price paid for a 77W/A359 of similar delivery dates between QR and someone like SQ and CX.
Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have very high standards, but when an OEM signs a sales contract with them, they know that the carriers aren't going to run a micrometer over the galley floor and try to reject delivery because the flooring is marginally thicker between L1/R1 and further back in the plane....(or whatever other excuse that could be pulled)