American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, was dragged into the ongoing case between Airbus and Qatar Airways in the London High Court. The airline has been ordered to give Airbus a draft of the MAX contract. Boeing objected on Friday to Airbus’ internal lawyers accessing data related to Qatar’s purchase of 737 MAX aircraft. Boeing’s lawyer Paul Stanley told the court:
“The disclosure of pricing information…that is dynamite,”
Earlier, Boeing insisted it had no intention of interfering in the prolonged court battle between its competitor and its client.
The dispute widened when Airbus confirmed on its monthly order data it had executed a rare cancellation, revoking Qatar’s remaining A350-1000 unfilled order. Qatar confirmed an order for 25 737 MAX 10s, with provisions for another 25, at the Farnborough Airshow in July. This is to replace an order for 50 A321neo (neo for “new engine option”) canceled by Airbus in a separate deal.
Qatar Airways and Airbus are in a bitter court battle over damage to the painted surface and anti-lightning system on A350 planes. Qatar claiming that safety is put in jeopardy. Although, Airbus, backed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), admits to quality flaws, maintains that the jets are safe.
According to court documents, the Middle Eastern conglomerate is seeking $618 million in damages from Airbus over the premature deterioration of the surface of some of its A350s. Out of the 53 A350s in Qatar Airways’ fleet, the QCAA has grounded a total of 29 due to surface damage.
Both parties upped the bar again on Friday, accusing each other of being slow to release documents. They also seek that tens of millions of dollars in deposits to the airline and credit payments to the manufacturer be returned.
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Correction: An earlier version of this article stated just 28 planes had been grounded and did not specify that the regulatory body QCAA was responsible for this decision. These changes have now been made.