Qatar Airways confirms grounded another A350 jet

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FILE PHOTO: Qatar Airways cabin crew stand in front of an Airbus A350-1000 at Hamad International Airport in Doha

PARIS – Qatar Airways confirmed on Monday it had grounded another A350 jet in a dispute with Airbus over gradual degradation to the surface of the long-haul jets, bringing the total number of planes grounded by the carrier to 22.

Reuters reported the move on Friday as Qatar filed a document in a dispute which has spread to a contract between Airbus and the same carrier for the A321neo..

Qatar Airways has sued the planemaker for over $600 million and Airbus is expected to hit back with a counter-claim.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Editing by Louise Heavens)