Airbus cancels $6bn contract with Qatar Airways after paint fight

Airbus has cancelled a $6bn contract with Qatar Airways for 50 of its new A321neo passenger jets, escalating a legal battle between the two companies over paint on the recently delivered A350s.
Qatar Airways called Airbus’s decision announced on Friday “a matter of considerable regret and frustration”.
In December, Airbus was taken to court by Qatar Airways in London, following a series of alleged problems with the Airbus A350 aircraft.
The airline complained the paint on the recently delivered Airbus A350s was cracking and peeling, exposing copper meshing used to insulate the aircraft against lightning strike.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Chappelle reports from Doha, Qatar.

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