I think many thought this likely, post the UK judge's statement (reported up thread) that the QCAA would have to provide their rationale or, failing that, AAB would have to take the stand. To me, this has always been a brinkmanship thing between AAB and Airbus. But it seems the road ran out for AAB (with the judge potentially putting him on the spot) and a face-saving 'accomodation' then became a priority to be found?
Looks like it, when just a week after the judge gave an ultimatum to AAB, parties seem to be close to a settlement.
I can't see Airbus wanting QR as a customer again any time soon. The only way I can see that changing is if Al Baker is no longer involved with QR.
High end business simply doesn't work that way; corporations are not nearly so sentimental.
After all of this, if QR comes knocking with adequate money, then Airbus will sell them planes.
If you don't believe it, rewind a decade and review the Airbus vs. AA "beef" over AA587 that A.net was convinced would last for all time..... AA ended up coming back to Airbus for (what was then) the biggest order of all time.
I don't think it's about being sentimental, I think Airbus doesn't trust AAB anymore.
A couple of years ago I moved to a different, far bigger company. With a big reputation, they were market leaders at the time. So surprised to hear the CEO forbid us to do business with a certain vendor - the same vendor I worked with in my previous job. Reason: the CEO had an argument with that vendor which wasn't settled amicably. I can still hear him raging about that vendor - though in my previous company we had no problems with them. It took years, a new CEO and a merger with another vendor, before we did business again
Of course, eventually, QR and Airbus will do business again. Just like AA did with Airbus. But that was 10 years after AA587. I don't think AAB will stay for another 10 years at QR, and would not be surprised if some announcement will be made later this year he will retire from QR, and concentrate on his other tasks (like Qatar's minister of tourism). Of course, this retirement would have been the plan for years and have nothing to do with the dispute with Airbus
Pretty sure the cancelled A321neo and A350 orders won't be reinstated. These bridges have been burned. But QR can't rely on just Boeing, in a few years QR (with a new CEO) will do business with Airbus again. (My 2 cents