Qatar Airways In $20M Legal Fight Over Business Class Seats

Law360, London (October 1, 2020, 3:45 PM BST) — A manufacturer of business-class aircraft seats says it is owed at least $20 million by Qatar Airways after the company canceled orders during the difficult market conditions caused by the spread of coronavirus in Europe.

Optimares S.p.A. claims to have been left out of pocket because the Qatari state-owned carrier refused to honor four contracts under which the Italian seat-maker would kit out a fleet of Boeing jets, according to a claim form filed at the High Court on Monday.

According to the court document, Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C signed up for Optimares to design, manufacture and supply seats for 90…

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