Airbus to deliver 'more than' 20 A380 planes in 2011: EADS

13th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

European planemaker Airbus expects to deliver more than 20 A380 superjumbo airliners this year, parent company EADS said on Friday, having previously forecast only 18.

"We still expect to be in the mid-twenties and at least above 20," EADS finance director Hans-Peter Ring told reporters in a conference call. On May 5, an Airbus spokesman had only spoken of matching last year's 18 deliveries.

Production of Airbus' flagship, the world's biggest passenger airliner, was disrupted by modifications that became necessary after an engine on a Qantas A380 exploded in flight on November last year.

Only five of the planes were delivered in the first four months of 2011, but Ring said the company's plant was getting back up to speed.

© 2011 AFP

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