Anti-corruption body wades into Airbus, Flyington Freighters dispute
14 / 12 / 2010
INDIA’S anti-corruption organisation – the Central Vigilance Commission – has agreed to launch an investigation against Airbus for unfair business practices.
Failed cargo airline project – Flyington Freighters – is behind the commission’s decision. The cargo airline was founded in 2006 in Hyderabad and was to be the launch customer of Airbus’ new A330-200 freighter in July 2008, having 12 on order. The freighter type suffered a string of delays and Flyington shut down while waiting. The first A330-200F was then only delivered this August to Etihad Crystal Cargo.
Flyington has been criticising Airbus for its actions ever since the project failed and has been lobbying hard for compensation, which it hopes to gain should the Commission rule in its favour.
An Airbus spokesperson commented: “We jointly agreed to postpone deliveries of aircraft. We are in ongoing dialogue with the customer.”