Qatar Airways has decided to not take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 this weekend. The airline stated that the “ceremonial transfer of title has been postponed until further notice. With the imminent launch of the A350 program, both entities are committed to introducing the A350 very soon.”

Delivering new aircraft types to Qatar Airways has turned into a true nightmare for Airbus executives this year and has led to public clashes between the aircraft manufacturer and the airline's CEO Akbar Al Baker. The airline earlier this year refused to accept its first A380 citing cabin finishing issues. The aircraft was eventually delivered in mid-September.

Neither the airline nor Airbus were prepared to disclose the reasons for the A350 postponement. The aircraft’s transfer of ownership was scheduled to take place on Friday and Qatar was planning to fly the first A350-900 from Toulouse to Doha on Saturday.

Qatar has 80 A350s on order, 43 -900s and 37 -1000s. The airline is also the launch customer for the A320neo, which is to be delivered in the third quarter of 2015.

 

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