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Superjumbo delivery delayed again
"Airbus is testing the patience of some of its most important customers.
EADS, the European plane maker's parent, pushed back the delivery date for the first A380 superjumbo jet until the second half of 2007.
That's the third delay for the program, for a total setback of about two years from the original promised introduction date for the world's largest commercial airliner."
A380 delays could boost Boeing
"The announcement from Toulouse, France-based Airbus caused some airlines to consider canceling orders. The news also sparked speculation that this is just what the Boeing Co. needs to get its 747-8 passenger line going.(...)
Two weeks ago, Airbus' parent company, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., acknowledged rumors of a third delay on the A380 but didn't provide a new delivery schedule. Airbus now intends to deliver one aircraft to Singapore Airlines, its launch customer, in October 2007, one year behind schedule.
The single delivery in 2007 is down from an original projection of 25. Subsequent deliveries, such as Emirates', have been pushed back as much as 22 months. The company will roll out 13 A380s in 2008, down from the 35 initially promised, and 25 in 2009, as opposed to the 45 planned."
Singapore Airlines disappointed at new A380 delays
"Singapore Airlines, set to be the first carrier to fly the A380 superjumbo aircraft, expressed disappointment Wednesday at a further delay in the aircraft's delivery"
Airlines to review orders as Airbus confirms delay
"Virgin Atlantic and Emirates indicate that the new setbacks announced by Airbus parent EADS could lead to order cancellations."