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DOHA, QATARQatar Airways announced that it has grounded 13 Airbus A350 aircraft due to rapidly degrading fuselage surface below the paint.



The airline also said it was closely monitoring the significant condition across its Airbus A350 fleet while working together with the country's civil aviation body to ensure the continued safety.

The Gulf carrier has withdrawn 13 Airbus A350XWB aircraft from the service until the root cause can be determined and a satisfactory solution made available to permanently correct the underlying condition.

Qatar Airways is now preparing to return its A330 fleet into service with immediate effect to offset some of the impacts of the grounded A350 jets.

The carrier also stated that it is cooperating with all the leasing companies affected by this A350 grounding who have started to inspect their impacted aircraft.

“With this latest development, we sincerely expect that Airbus treats this matter with the proper attention that it requires. Qatar Airways will not accept anything other than aircraft that continue to offer its customers the highest possible standard of safety and the best travel experience that they deserve. Qatar Airways expects Airbus to have established the root cause and permanently corrected the underlying condition to the satisfaction of Qatar Airways and our regulator before we take delivery of any further A350 aircraft,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said.

Qatar Airways currently operates 53 (34 A350-900, 19 A350-1000)of Airbus' new generation widebody jet. It has 23 A350-1000 on order waiting to be delivered.

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