Airbus Cuts A380 Goal For '09, Keeps 2010

September 29, 2009

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Airbus confirmed on Tuesday it had cut its 2009 delivery target for A380s by one aircraft to 13 planes and said it was maintaining its delivery forecast for 2010.

"In agreement with a customer we have moved the 14th aircraft (for 2009) by a few weeks from December to early 2010," spokesman Stefan Schaffrath said.

"We maintain our planning to deliver more than 20 aircraft in 2010 as announced," he added.

Airbus is shifting into a second automated production phase for the A380 known as Wave 2. The first 25 aircraft had to be wired up manually due to problems that pushed delivery of the world's largest airliner back by two years.

"We have just recently delivered the first Wave 2 aircraft and the second will follow very soon," Schaffrath said, adding the production rate was heading towards two per month.

The head of parent EADS said on Monday the move to shift one A380 delivery into 2010 followed talks with the aircraft's customer, Singapore Airlines.

EADS chief executive Louis Gallois also expressed concerns about the strength of the euro as EADS competes with Boeing for sales in dollars.

(Reuters)