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Qatar Airways seeks compensation over 'disappointing' A380 delay

Qatar Airways is demanding compensation from Airbus for failing to deliver its A380 aircraft on time, the airline's boss said on Tuesday, calling the delay "absolutely disappointing".

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom: Qatar Airways is demanding compensation from Airbus for failing to deliver its A380 aircraft on time, the airline's boss said on Tuesday, calling the delay "absolutely disappointing".

The first of 13 A380 superjumbos ordered by Qatar was scheduled to be delivered in May and exhibited during the industry's key trade show at Farnborough in Britain.

"There are issues with the interior and exterior of the airplane," said Akbar al Baker, the airline's chief executive, elaborating on the reasons for the delay.

"We are a very demanding customer, we want everything to be absolutely perfect. It is absolutely disappointing to Qatar Airways."

Al Baker said the airline is seeking compensation for the loss in earnings caused by the delayed delivery, but would not go into details of the sum sought.

The Gulf carrier is one of Airbus's biggest clients.

Ahead of the Farnborough airshow, it signalled its interest in ordering several additional A380 superjumbos and A330 mid-size widebody aircraft.

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