Qatar Airways has announced that it is expecting the first deliveries of its Airbus A350-1000 aircraft order to begin by the end of this year, according to Reuters. Qatar had previously threatened to cancel its $1.2 billion order because of a prolonged waiting period.
"Airbus has assured us we would receive our airplanes, though late, but we will receive it before the end of the year," Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said in Doha. An Airbus spokesman confirmed the news to Reuters.
Previously, Qatar Airways and Airbus had some disagreements over aircraft delivery delays and aircraft performance issues. In July 2017, Qatar Airways was reported to have cancelled an $1.2 billion order for four A350s because of delivery delays from Airbus.
Qatar officially denied the information, although agreed that there were disagreements.
"I have to scream at Airbus to get my planes faster,” al-Baker said confirming the disagreements with Airbus at the ITB travel fair in Berlin in March 2017, according to al-Jazeera. “I am nearly eight destinations behind schedule because of delays in aircraft deliveries. I hope this will be resolved during this year."