Singapore Airlines Ltd. said Wednesday it is assessing the impact of the latest delay in the delivery of the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
The carrier was scheduled to be the first customer to receive the A380 in December after an original one-year delay due to wiring problems, but Airbus parent, the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., said Tuesday that deliveries of the plane would be delayed again until October 2007.
"We've received information from Airbus and we're assessing it for the consequences of the delay on the 19 of our aircraft," Singapore Airlines spokesman Stephen Forshaw said.
He didn't say when the airline expects its first delivery after the latest delay.
Singapore Airlines has 10 A380s on firm order and options for a further nine. Dubai-based Emirates is the A380's largest customer, with 45 aircraft on order worth over US$13 billion at list prices.
Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. said it 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.
EADS said the latest delays will lop an extra euro2.8 billion (US$3.6 billion) off operating profit and announced a restructuring plan to cut costs and boost productivity at Airbus.
Airbus sees no significant signs that cancelations are likely from any of its A380 customers, CEO Christian Streiff said during a conference call with reporters and analysts Tuesday.