Wed, Jun 14, 2006
Production Delayed Due To Wiring Problems
This may not be the
best way to get along with your launch customers. EADS, the parent
company of Airbus SAS, says wiring problems with the mammoth A380
will cut the number of aircraft produced for some of the
superjumbo's first customers next year -- from as many as 27, to
Unfortunately for the European consortium, that may be just the
beginning -- as EADS says the problems are serious and the fixes
are so extensive that the company now projects losses of up to $630
million a year between 2007 and 2010.
"We expect Airbus management to fully deliver according to the
revised schedule and if possible, even to improve (on it)," EADS
co-chief executives Tom Enders and Noel Forgeard said in a joint
It's the second major delay in the
widespread commercial launch of the A380, although
Airbus promises the first of its commercial deliveries will take
place as scheduled... to Singapore Airlines later this year (the
first SIA plane is shown in flight testing below).
Airbus executives had hoped to deliver as many as 25 aircraft in
2008 and 45 the year after. But in a statement from its
co-chairmen... Airbus admits this could lead some customers to
cancel orders for the A380.
So far, the European planemaker has written 159 orders for the
A380, from 16 airlines worldwide.
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