Scales Back 2009, 2010 Deliveries Due To Transition
Airbus has completed the A380 program review, and is now
informing customers about changes to its delivery schedule.
As ANN reported, the review
assessed the program status as Airbus struggles to transition from
low rate individual production, so-called Wave 1, to the full
serial design and manufacturing process, called Wave 2.
"This is unfortunately not the first delay and as CEO of Airbus
I have to say I regret this very much," Airbus CEO Thomas Enders
said Tuesday, reports The Associated Press.
Enders stressed that overall, the recovery program -- initiated
in summer 2006 -- is progressing well. Four aircraft were delivered
as planned and are performing in airline operations on long-range
routes, with only minor issues reported so far.
The nest 17 aircraft are in various stages of production, mainly
in the wiring installation and system testing phases. Most aircraft
earmarked for delivery in 2008 have already flown.
"We are not talking about a catastrophic scenario," Enders
However, the review has also shown that the steep ramp-up
planned in 2006 is not fully achievable. Time and resources needed
for Wave 1 production aircraft are higher than expected, and this
has created some delay in the changeover to Wave 2 with its new
design and manufacturing process.
As a result, Airbus plans now for 12 (instead of 13) deliveries
in 2008 and 21 (instead of 25) in 2009. Details about the new plan
and the further ramp-up and delivery slots in 2010 and the
following years will be discussed with customers in the coming
Airbus isn't quite ready to talk about what the financial impact
of its decision will be.
"The extent of the additional costs will be influenced by the
actual production and delivery scenario," the planemaker states.
"This will follow discussions with the customers and a more precise
evaluation of the implications of the new delivery schedule for
2010 deliveries and beyond. This will therefore take some more time