Airbus warns first A380s will be delayed

13th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, May 13 (AFP) - Airbus Industrie deputy commercial director Christian Scherer said Friday it was "possible, even probable" that deliveries of the first A380 superjumbo to the company's top clients would be delayed.

TOULOUSE, France, May 13 (AFP) - Airbus Industrie deputy commercial director Christian Scherer said Friday it was "possible, even probable" that deliveries of the first A380 superjumbo to the company's top clients would be delayed.  

Speaking to reporters here, Scherer added the deliveries would start in 2006.  

Airbus has already delayed the delivery of the first superjumbo plane to Singapore Airlines from the first half of 2006 to the second half.  

Scherer said that, "If there is a delay, it will be an overall delay and not discriminatory".   Emirates, the biggest customer of the A380 with an order for 43 planes, is expecting to take delivery of the aircraft in October 2006 and said it has not been told of any delay.  

Asked about the reasons for the delay in deliveries, Scherer said they were caused by problems in organizing production, noting problems with interior fittings and the large number of different suppliers.  

"There isn't a crisis", he said. "The most important thing for us is to give very clear dates and commitments" to the customers.  

German flag carrier Lufthansa said Friday that it did not expect any delays in the delivery of the 15 A380 superjumbo planes it has ordered from Airbus, despite the prospect of delays in the delivery of the first jets.  

"We won't be affected," a spokesman for Lufthansa said, explaining that the German airline's order was for delivery in the autumn of 2007, more than a year after Singapore Airlines was scheduled to take the first delivery.

 

© AFP

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