Qatar Airways has both 787 and A350 at the Dubai Air Show, but comments from the airline´s combative boss indicate their reliability records are heading in different directions.
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Akbar Al Baker, Qatar CEO said he has seen a decline in the dispatch reliability of the A350-900 since the type´s flawless introduction.
When the A350-900 began revenue service for launch customer Qatar in January, the aircraft´s reliability was “perfect”, said Al Baker.
However, Airbus has been unable to maintain that standard, he indicated.
“We started to get teething problems recently, and Airbus is robustly handling those” said Al Baker, who declined to give details of the A350´s technical performance.
Talking to Flight International, the Qatar chief pointed to problems with parts availability.
“As it is a new program, they also have issues with the supply chain” he said.
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Airbus declined to respond to the comments.
Qatar received last 2 A350´s only some weeks ago, with a delay of around 3 to 2 months respect to the original schedule. The reasons behind this delay was not detailed.
Based on the article “Al Baker criticizes A350´s reliability” published in Flight International.