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Airbus cuts A380 delivery target to 13 planes

EUROPEAN plane maker Airbus confirmed yesterday it had cut its 2009 delivery target for A380s by one aircraft to 13 planes and said it was maintaining its delivery forecast for 2010.

"In agreement with a customer we have moved the 14th aircraft (for 2009) by a few weeks... to early 2010," spokesman Stefan Schaffrath said.

"We maintain our planning to deliver more than 20 aircraft in 2010 as announced," he added.

Airbus is shifting into a second automated production phase for the A380 known as Wave 2. The first 25 aircraft had to be wired up manually due to industrial problems that pushed delivery of the world's largest jetliner back by two years.

"We have just recently delivered the first Wave 2 aircraft and the second will follow very soon," Schaffrath said, adding the production rate was heading toward two per month.

The delayed delivery followed talks with the customer, Singapore Airlines.


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