September 25, 2017 / 12:28 PM / 5 months ago

Qatar to accept 4 Airbus A350s it previously cancelled - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar Airways plans to take delivery of four Airbus (AIR.PA) A350 airliners that it previously cancelled over aerospace supplier problems, industry sources told Reuters.

A deal has been reached allowing the four planes, still in Qatar Airways colours and parked in Toulouse, France, to be delivered “in the near future,” one of the sources said.

A logo of Qatar Airways is seen at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

Qatar Airways could not be reached for comment.

An Airbus spokesman said: “It is our customers’ privilege to comment on their next deliveries”.

    The cancellation of the four jets in July had dented the Airbus order book and left it with a headache over what to do with inventory worth $1.2 billion at list prices.

    Reversing the cancellation will spare Airbus millions of dollars in charges to convert the cabins for another airline and means the order for 4 jets could be re-posted to Airbus’s list of sales for the A350, of which Qatar is the largest customer.

    Reporting by Tim Hepher, Alexander Cornwell; editing by Luke Baker

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