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Airbus announces new delays for the world's largest airliner

Airbus has announced new delays for its massive A380 superjumbo jet. The French company reported today that it is having continued problems with wiring installations. The troubled program has already been plagued by two previous delays and this latest hitch could set back deliveries by another six months.

The $300 million USD Airbus A380, which is the biggest airliner ever built, has a three-class seating capacity of 555 people and can carry a maximum of 800 in all-economy class seating. Airbus has already received orders from Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, FedEx and UPS. Reuters reports:

The 12-billion-euro ($15 billion) programme to produce a new class of mammoth plane has already been hit twice by problems in fitting each jet's 500 km (300 miles) of wiring, culminating in a 2 billion euro profit warning and management shake-up in June…Assembly workers in Toulouse, southern France, have been bogged down for a year in airlines' request for special cabin features and frills that affect each plane's wiring layout.

Shares of EADS, the parent company of Airbus, were down 3.9% on news of the announcement. Shares of EADS are down a total of 30% for the year as it recovers from setbacks caused by an A350 engine redesign and impending competition from Boeing's stretched 747-8 and yet to be released 787 Dreamliner.

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RE: Problemo'
By bob661 on 9/21/2006 3:56:41 PM , Rating: 2
LOL!!! You make it sound like this is the first airplane ever built! Calm down man.

RE: Problemo'
By nomagic on 9/21/2006 7:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
You might think I am crazy, but I just cant stop thinking that this thing has a potential to become a modern TITANIC...

Of course, A380 is a sophisticated modern commercial aircraft, for which all foreseeable scenario are considered during design and construction phase. Advanced systems are installed to gurantee the safy of both crews and passengers aboard. In addition, maintance of the aircraft will always be done properly by ground crews.

RE: Problemo'
By Clauzii on 9/22/2006 3:51:55 AM , Rating: 2
There went a LOT of NEW thinking in to this plane, so it IS some sort of a first timer.

The news yesterday (in DK, DR1) stated that it was actually the entertainment system wirings that were the problem - and with a system so complex as the one used in A380 I don't see it being a big deal.

So they could put it in air right now, and give a rebate on the music and movies (lack of!)

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