TOULOUSE, June 14 (GCTL) - Airbus has informed its customers today that it has rejigged its A380 programme's delivery schedule which will be delayed by six to seven months due to production ramp-up issues.
The aircraft manufacturer said the flight test campaign had been satisfactory, and therefore this was expected to lead to certification and delivery of the first aircraft by the end of the year. "The shift in the production ramp-up is likely to limit aircraft delivery to nine in 2007," Airbus said in a statement.
A recent programme review has led Airbus to the conclusion that 2007 deliveries will likely be limited to nine, and that a shortfall of five to nine aircraft deliveries in 2008 and around five aircraft in 2009 could be expected, compared to initial delivery planning. The review also concluded that further actions are required to secure a ramp-up recovery in 2008 and 2009.
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