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Qantas says delivery of new Airbus A380s will be 2 years late

Qantas says delivery of new Airbus A380s will be 2 years late

Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. Wednesday said it was reviewing its capacity requirements after European aircraft maker Airbus revealed that the Australian carrier's first A380 aircraft would be delivered two years late.
Qantas' Chief Financial Officer Peter Gregg said the carrier now expects to have four of the 555-seat aircraft by August 2008 and a further seven by mid-2009, around two years behind schedule.
In a brief statement released Wednesday, Gregg said the Qantas "was disappointed with the delay and had commenced a review of its capacity needs in light of the revised timetable from Airbus."
However, he said Qantas was satisfied the delay was due to production problems at Airbus and not technical issues with the aircraft.
Delivery of the massive A380 jets has been plagued with setbacks.
EADS, the European plane maker's parent company, on Tuesday pushed back the delivery date for the first A380 superjumbos for the third time, causing frustration among many carriers that had been counting on using jumbos on their most heavily traveled air routes.


Updated : 2020-12-03 16:38 GMT+08:00