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Further Delays for Airbus A380

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Airbus has completed its A380 programme review and is now informing customers about changes to its delivery schedule, with some delays confirmed and more likely t o follow.

Currently four Airbus A380 aircraft have been delivered to, and are in full operation by, Singapore Airlines, the only airline currently operating the super-jumbo.

Seventeen aircraft are in various stages of production, mainly in the wiring installation and system testing phases.

Following the review Airbus has conducted it is now planning to make 12 (instead of 13) deliveries in 2008 and 21 (instead of 25) in 2009.

Airbus has also confirmed that details about its new plan and the further ramp-up and delivery slots in 2010 and the following years will be discussed with customers in the coming weeks.

The Airbus A380 is the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft in the skies, and being so new there were always likely to be some delays. How airlines will react to these latest problems, that affect their plans, passengers and advertising schedules, only time will tell, but it is more than likely that compensation of some kind will be looked for. More to come. 

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