Airbus awaits tech thumbs-up for superjumbo

24th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 24, 2006 (AFP) - Aircraft manufacturer Airbus expects to receive certification for its A380 superjumbo from European and US authorities by December 13, the head the company's A380 marketing division said in an interview appearing Friday.

PARIS, Nov 24, 2006 (AFP) - Aircraft manufacturer Airbus expects to receive certification for its A380 superjumbo from European and US authorities by December 13, the head the company's A380 marketing division said in an interview appearing Friday.

"By December 13 we expext to receive the air worthiness certificate from both US regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency," Keith Stonestreet told the newspaper Gulf News in an interview on the paper's website.

Deliveries of the A380, which will be the world's largest civilian airliner, are now two years behind schedule because of electrical cabling problems.

"We had to re-do the cabling in order to match customers' needs as well as our own requirements," Stonestreet said.

"These are not major issues. However, we wanted these to be perfect as are manufacturing an aircraft that will carry 555 passengers and rise to 35,000 feet in less than half an hour and capable of flying up to 16 hours non-stop."

The first A380 is scheduled to be delivered to Singapore Airlines in the fourth quarter of 2007, which will be the only delivery next year.

Thirteen deliveries are planned for 2008.

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