IAG CEO Gallego: not seeing same degree of A350 issue as Qatar

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FILE PHOTO: A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 XWB aircraft is displayed at the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Center

LONDON -British Airways-owner IAG is not experiencing the same degree of issues as Qatar Airways with surface degradation of paint on the Airbus A350 jets it operates, Chief Executive Luis Gallego said on Friday.

“We don’t have the same type of issues that Qatar has, and we are operating A350s, and we have not had problems,” Gallego told reporters.

Qatar and Airbus have been at loggerheads for months over surface flaws on A350s, some of which have been grounded by Qatar over safety concerns as its airline sues Airbus for $600 million.

Airbus acknowledges quality problems but accuses the airline of mislabelling them as a safety issue to secure compensation.

IAG’s Gallego said the industry regulatory EASA had been informed about “the situation”. “They consider that we don’t have any problem flying this aircraft,” he said.

(Reporting by Kate Holton, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)