State of the Airlines

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A380 Loses Ground Again

Another delay on the A380 has been rumored for about 2 weeks now and today, finally, Airbus is confirming the rumors (Reuters article). What remains unknown at this point is the impact this delay will have on delivery schedule. Airbus parent EADS issued the following statement:
"Although the company's assessment is still under way, continuing industrialisation challenges with the wiring of production aircraft have been identified and are being tackled," EADS said in a statement.

"Consequently, from what is known today, there will be further delays."

This is all a very nice way of saying that we screwed up the wiring again.

Airbus claims they will still deliver the first A380 to Singapore Airlines in Dec 2007 and that delays will impact deliveries beyond that. My bet is even that delivery is in jeopardy at this point.

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