Airbus To Announce Further A380 Delays - Report

September 20, 2006

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European aircraft maker Airbus is expected to announce further delays in the deliveries of its A380 superjumbo plane in the next few days, French newspaper Les Echos reported on Wednesday without citing sources.

Airbus had already announced delays in June, prompting the ousting of Airbus's chief executive and of Noel Forgeard, co-chief executive of the company's parent EADS.

An Airbus spokeswoman said the Les Echos report was based on speculation which she could "neither confirm nor deny."

"We have been undertaking a full review of the A380 program since the summer. It is not finished yet. We will communicate after the EADS board meeting on September 29," she said.

Les Echos said Airbus could announce a delay of at least six months for its first deliveries to clients, such as Air France, and only four deliveries next year to Singapore Airlines and Emirates.

"According to our information, the assembly problems at the Toulouse-Blagnac plant would not allow it (Airbus) to hold to its last pledge of delivering at least nine aircraft in 2007 (against 25 initially planned)," the paper said.

It added that the new schedule could be revealed before the next board meeting of EADS on September 29.