Doha (Reuters) – Airbus (AIR.PA) on Thursday confirmed it had revoked all remaining A350 orders from Qatar Airways, raising the stakes in a safety and contractual dispute with the Gulf carrier.
“Airbus confirms that it has removed 19 Qatar Airways A350s from the backlog,” a spokesperson said.
Qatar Airways had no immediate comment.
The rare order cancellation, confirming a decision exclusively reported by Reuters in August, was revealed in monthly order data published on Thursday.
Airbus said it had booked orders for 843 jets between January and August, or a net total of 637 after cancellations including routine order reversals by customers and the aircraft withheld from Qatar by Airbus.
It delivered 382 jets over the same period, or a net total of 380 after deducting two A350 aircraft built for Aeroflot but impossible to deliver due to sanctions.