Qatar Airways says it rejected first three Airbus A380s

Doha carrier's CEO Akbar Al Baker says he is very disappointed with European plane manufacturer

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways rejected the first three new A380 superjumbos supplied to it by Airbus, its chief executive said, adding it was very disappointed with the European planemaker.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker also said the airline was not yet ready to finalise an order for 50 Boeing 777X - the US planemaker's new version of its 777 long-haul jet.

Al Baker was speaking to Reuters Insider TV on the sidelines of the Farnborough Airshow.

Delivery of Qatar Airways's first three A380s has been hit by delays due to unresolved cabin issues, forcing Qatarto withdraw the jet from the industry jamboree in southern England.

The delivery had originally been expected around the end of May but was pushed back after the airline apparently rejected the aircraft during a routine pre-delivery inspection.

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Posted by: Jonnie Millar

Five-star airline pah! And the new 'five-star gateway to the Middle East'...really? Stop trying to be something you're not QA. Five-star does not market itself to the masses; it shapes its offering to a niche and then services that niche to the highest standards and quality. I don't see any degree of five-star service sat back in cattle-class.

Just get me on a plane with a comfortable seat and plenty of overhead luggage space; look after me; and get me to my destination in one piece. I don't really care whether the paint job is matt or gloss or the flock wallpaper doesn't look like the pattern you saw in your office five years ago.

Due to the runway refurbishment at DXB I have to fly this annoying airline at the moment but once the work is finished, it's back to an airline that knows what it is and how to look after its passengers and crew - EMIRATES.

Posted by: Prince of Arabia

Al Baker should go.... All we hear is troubles with the planes, disgruntled employees....Look at his peers who are doing an excellent job expand their regional airlines... This airline will never see sustainability under his reign...

Posted by: Looney tunes

Is he suggesting that the product samples were not approved by his office, or that the material used differs from the approved samples? Or did he change his mind afterwards...

Posted by: Matt williams

I'm sick and tired of this man, why does he not just run his little airline and stop using his position to vent his personal malice over landing rights. This has nothing to do with the 380 just his own spite. I will NEVER use his airline whilst he is in charge.

Posted by: Urrrggghhhh

I'm sick of this guy and his big mouth - he makes me not want to use Qatar Airways anymore!

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