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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. said Wednesday it was "disappointed" by an announcement from European aircraft maker Airbus that its 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."
Qantas said the delay was due to production problems at Airbus and not technical issues with the aircraft.
Gregg later said the delay meant the airline would have to wait to upgrade services on certain routes.
"We will keep our 747-400 fleet flying longer than originally intended, but ... they're a very good aircraft and we don't expect to have capacity problems," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
However, he said the airline would not be able to deliver certain product upgrades "as quickly as we had originally hoped."
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 : 2021-04-19 02:49 GMT+08:00